Yesterday, we received a box of raw oysters, negi toro, and cod roe from a relative. We had the negi toro as negi toro don for last night's supper, and today, I decided to make some dishes using the raw oysters.
Although the "product name" is nama kaki (raw oyster), the "use" is for cooking (that is, inedible raw).
I rubbed them all with some salt, rinsed them with water, and separated them according to size.
Right: Medium and large
As part of supper tonight, I pan-fried half the small oysters with garlic and butter, and sprinkled some soy sauce at the end.
I cooked the other half with sake to make "saka mushi" (lit. steamed with sake). Note that we say saka mushi, not sake mushi.
I used cooking sake, which contains some salt, so I just cooked the oysters with sake only (with no additional salt).
I will make oyster fries with the large oysters.
NOTE THAT THE JAPANESE DO NOT EAT EVERYTHING RAW. EATING RAW OYSTERS IS ALSO COMMON, BUT THIS CUSTOM WAS INTRODUCED FROM EUROPE IN THE MEIJI PERIOD.
Good for you! So many oysters! I like oysters wether they are simmered, baked with bread crumbs, deep fried (covered by batter), grilled or raw. But they are a little bit dangerous. Many years ago we had some oyster related food poisoning while staying in southern france for christmas. All who ate raw oysters fell sick. It was not so funny. After this I did not care about oysters for a few years but started to eat them again. What does not kill you only makes you stronger.
Last time I had smoked oysters - not bad at all but they come with a very strong taste.
Kiki: Such tragedies occur in Japan, too, so I cooked the oysters for a relatively long time, with a lid on.
In Japan, you have to search for 生食用 ("seishoku you" or "namashoku you") if you want to eat oysters raw.
I hope I can make oyster fries for tonight's supper.
Like I mentioned before, I don't care for oysters myself.
Haruki-san: I tried this tonight and it was oishii (I hope I got that right ) As always your recipes never fail to impress. Thank you for these insights into Japanese home cooking. Arigato.
Philberito: Thanks for your comment! Yes, oishii is a correct word.
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