“Chinmi” means unusual delicacies.
Do you know 3 greatest chinmi in the world?
These are truffles, caviar and foie gras.
Japan’s ones are karasumi, Uni and konowata.
There are many other delicacies in Japan. And they works well with Sake very much😋
OMG! Does Japanese eat such foods!?😱😱
You might be shocked…that’s what delicacies are all about.
Today, I’ll introduce Japanese chinmi.
“Konowata” is salted sea cucumber guts. Sea urchin, Karasumi and this are Japanese 3 major Chinmi.
It looks so grotesque…but its texture is crunchy and addictive. Longer than better and more expensive in Japan.
“Funa-zushi” is a local specialty of Shiga Prefecture next Kyoto, made with crucian carp, packed in salt and rice and aged for several years.
It’s very smelly and you have to hold your breath to eat it…I hate it, though😑 But Japanese often said it works well with Sake.
This is often called “Sea foie gras” Because, this texture is similar to foie gras well.
But much lower in calories and healthier than it.
Of course, this works well with Sake very much.
“Shutou”, and “Shiokara” are made by fermented fish soaked into salt.
“Shutou” is written by the Chinese letters for “Sake-theft”. This means named after that when we are out of Sake, we want to drink even if we steal it😨
It has been eaten in Japan for over 300 years.
This photo is Shiokara.
Shutou uses only the stomach of fish (main fishes are bonitos) and has a crunchy texture.
Shiokara uses all guts of sea foods (main is squids), or fishes and the texture is stickier than Shutou.
To be honest, Japanese don’t know the difference between Shutou and Shiokara well.
Well, I don’t care if it’s delicious😋
It is sun-dried after being soaked in a fermented liquid called kusaya-liquid, which has a strange odor and flavor similar to that of fish sauce.
It’s too salty and smelly to eat at home.We often call them as Japanese surströmming😨
“Suppon” means the soft-shelled turtle. Shape is round and ugly, so we often said “They are as like as moon and Suppon”.
This means They are as like as chalk and cheese in English. Hahaha😃
Suppon is made into a powder and taken as medicine by men, because it makes them more sexual energetic like Viagra.
I don’t know this taste and texture…sorry.
It is also eaten in nabe or fried.
Hesiko is salted mackerel in rice-bran paste, is a local dish in Hokuriku region.
All these chinmi round the world have one thing in common… A bad smell😨
Natto, Taiwan’s stinky tofu, and Sweden’s surströmming, which is said to be the worst-smelling food in the world, are also well known.
So be careful when you eat these foods😮