February 3, 2011

Shrimp Head Nabe on Setsubun/節分に海老の頭の鍋

Shrimp heads have nothing to do with Setsubun. Today, I bought two packs of amaebi (sweet shrimp) heads, thinking that I would use them to make miso soup. My wife later told me she couldn't think of what to make for supper tonight, so I suggested that she make shrimp head nabe.


Soy beans roasted by myself in the toaster oven, together with the "oni" (devil) mask:

I was born and bred in Tokyo, so the beans to throw on Setsubun are soy beans. The people here in Niigata usually throw unshelled peanuts.

Ama ebi (sweet shrimp) head nabe:

The broth was miso-based, not soy sauce-based. My wife said she also added some instant dashi. The nabe also contains some thinly sliced pork.

We also had eho maki (lit. lucky direction rolls). Having eho maki on Setsubun used to be a custom in Osaka, but has become very popular in other parts of Japan, mainly due to commercialism...

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