December 18, 2010

Sanma (Pacific Saury)/サンマ(秋刀魚)

The Japanese like sanma (Pacific saury).
In Japan, you can see them often served in a special, long plate like these.

But, don't feel left out if you don't have such special plates. You can simply cut a sanma in half, salt-grill, and serve in a normal plate.

I'm very sorry to say that I am not a very good sanma eater. We are supposed to eat almost a whole sanma, except, the head, bones, and tail, but I simply can't; the innards are too bitter for my taste!

My wife's plate (right) and mine (left):

Salt-grilled sanma are often served with grated daikon (daikon oroshi) and soy sauce/ponzu/citrus juice.

Note that the sanma shown in the photos were not fresh but salted ones, so we didn't have them with soy sauce or ponzu.

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