Uokyu in Ningyocho 人形町の魚久
Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-4-3 中央区日本橋人形町2-4-3
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00
Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday and holidays 10:00 – 18:00
Uokyu is famous for its seafood marinated in sake kasu (sake lees). This process is not seen too much outside of Japan, unlike the miso marinated seafood, which Nobu popularized at his restaurant. The miso marinated grilled seafood tends to be a bit sweeter while the sake kasu is very aromatic. If you want to try this, their sister shop is off the main road, but serves lunch from 11:00 – 13:30 at Ningyocho 1-1-20, phone 03-5695-4121.
Himi Seafood Auction
On the coast of Toyama on the Sea of Japan is a famous fishing port. In the winter it is renowned for its kanburi or winter buri (yellowtail). Rich in fat, it melts in your mouth like fatty tuna. Don’t worry if you miss the early morning auction as there is a retail market next door with several large stalls selling fish caught locally.
While barracuda may have the reputation of being an agressive, predatory fish, it is actually quite small in size. The meat is tender and delicate.
You can see that these mackerel are rich in fat by observing the back area, it is almost bulging from its skin.
Kanburi (winter yellowtail)
Here is the famous kanburi, the whole reason for our journey to this famed fishing port. We had some for breakfast and it was amazing, rich, and worth the trip.
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