I decide to make this dish since it was served as one of the numerous dishes for a dinner at Wakamatsu Hontenn 若松本店 in Narita 成田 on our last night in Japan. Unfortunately, the quality of the squid sashimi we could get here was not up to par with what we had in Japan and the previously frozen “tarako”たらこ was a bit too salty. As a result this dish was a pale comparison to the one we had at Narita. Dealing with lesser quality Japanese food items is especially difficult sice we just came back from Japan.
Squid sashimi: This is a packaged, prepared and frozen. I just thawed it.
Tarako cod roe: This also came frozen. I opened a sac of one small tarako and scraped off the roe from the membrane of the egg sac. I put it in a small container and added a small amount of cold sake so that the constancy is more suitable to dress the squid (also reduced the saltiness).,
Just dress the squid sashimi with tarako sake mixture.
This is my cup which matches the my chop sticks.
This is my wife’s which also matches her chop sticks.
In Hirosaki, near Hirosaki castle 弘前城, we went to “Nebuta”village which is a large tourist trap. Beside the display of “Nebuta“, many Tusgaru 津軽 or “Aomori” 青森 crafts are being displayed and sold. Some of the artisans were demonstrating how these crafts were made. One of them was making “Tsugaru-nuri” which requires many layers of lacquer and polishing on every layers. We bought two sake cups. When we came home, we were surprised to find that chopsticks which we have had for years matched the sake cups. I thought our chopsticks were “Waksa-nuri” 若狭塗りbut now I realized they are “Tsugaru-nuri” 津軽塗. Surprise, surprise!