Tag Archives: Tokyo Bay

It’s aji time!

Sorry for the erratic posting lately.  Anyway, here are the fruits of my last aji fishing trip.  November isn’t really the best time to eat aji (for the gourmand, the best eating season is late spring/early summer) but if you are lucky like I was this trip, you usually catch some mackerel as by-catch. At this time of year mackerel is considered so good there is a Japanese proverb: aki saba yome-ni kuwasu-na, lit. don’t feed your wife autumn mackerel.  Considering there is also a proverb “don’t feed your wife autumn aubergines”, I don’t think either should be taken too seriously…but anyway, on to the eating!

Sashimi! (with a side order of walnutwood-smoke salmon)

Shoyu/mirin deep-fried mackerel chunks (sorry for the blurriness, but by this time it had been a long day)!

The “secret” tartar sauce was made and wheeled out to great acclaim…

…and dolloped on the breadcrumbed aji in generous amounts.

Leftover aji fillets were salted down:

…flavoured with mirin and toasted sesame seeds and left out on the balcony to dry overnight.  Winter here is so dry the fish is ready in about eight hours, just in time for breakfast!

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Fish-fishing

As fun as it has been, no more cephalod-fishing for me this year, I think.  Instead I went aji fishing!

Train with a View

Guess where I’ve been!

Turned out nice again!

My birthday-fishing trip was a little moist.

Caught some cutlassfish, which a friend (a professional sushi chef) turned into possibly the most amazing sushi on earth, literally.

Summertime fishing for kisu (Japanese whiting)

Oh wait!

Nice day out on Tokyo Bay

Summertime fishing

Fishing for kisu (Japanese whiting).  Oh wait!

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In the end I gave most of my catch to a friend and kept just enough for my own consumption.  These were stored in my new shiny arctic-cold cool box and disposed of at home as tenpura and kobujime.

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Thanks as always to Esamasa-maru, sailing from Haneda!

Poison…poison…poison…tasty fish

Sorry for the radio silence, been busy on many fronts including moving house and lots of other things.  I am however alive and well, and occasionally fishing and cooking a lot! Thank you as always for reading my posts.  There will be a couple of surprises in 2018 for regular readers, I do hope you will keep following my blog.

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