This week I was invited to a delicious and unforgettable fish dinner by my Japanese food comp colleagues from MEXT. MEXT is the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the host of the Japanese Food Composition Database. They just recently published easy accesible English PDFs of their database. I like!!
First, a wonderfully arranged platter of sashimi. All fish was very fresh being brought in from the ocean the same morning. The waiter explained what we got and my table neighbour translated for me, but I cannot recall the fish names anymore. Sorry. I only remember that the white pieces in the right corner were scallops (Jakobsmuscheln, Coquille Saint-Jacques). The yellow squares are egg omelettes. The only non marine food, apart from the sauces, perilla leaves and radish we had that evening.
To my relief, head and tail were only decoration :-)
And now to the main attraction. At one point after having served the sashimi platter the waiter came to our table. He had a living squid in the hand and showed it to us. He then left and a few minutes later we got the very squid prepared as sashimi as you can see on the picture below. Probably to prove that it was very fresh (or to shock the foreigner sitting at the table…) the waiter then poured some sauce over the squid’s head – it looked like soy sauce – and the arms of the squid started moving as though it was still alive! Well, I hope that wasn’t the case and that it was just muscle contractions….!! But make your own opinion: Wikipedia, Dancing squid dish, Scientific American.
Anyway and I apologize in advance for shocking my vegetarian friends, the squid sashimi was delicious! After we had eaten all stripes, they took the head, cooked and prepared it and served it again. Yummy. I will never forget this dinner!!!
For drinks all Japanese had beer to start with. As I don’t really like beer I had a glass of plum wine. And later we all drank sake. Not only filled to the brim…. It was a cloudy (unfiltered) and lightly sweetish sake. Very nice!
The evening was a great experience. Thank you Ryoko!!