Do you know what Japanese sashimi is? Horse, Whale, Chicken Vegetables Sashimi

Sashimi 刺身 - Kigurajyaya きぐら茶屋 - Izakaya 居酒屋
These days, sashimi is a Japanese food that is becoming more popular around the world, and it is usually comprised of thinly-sliced raw seafood. Actually, sashimi is not always made with raw seafood.

This blog post will introduce some other types of sashimi, such as boiled, raw meat, and vegetable.

Sashimi Konnyaku さしみこんにゃく

KONNYAKU さしみこんにゃく 刺身
This food is sashimi konnyaku さしみこんにゃく.
Konnyaku is a traditional food and made from the root of a plant of Araceae family such as taro.
It has unique in texture like a hard type of jelly.
Sashimi konnyaku is a kind of konnyaku, but it is made softer than normal konnyaku and usually seasoned with nori.
KONNYAKU さしみこんにゃく 刺身
Sashimi konnyaku 刺身こんにゃく、さしみこんにゃくis about 100 yen at supermarkets in Japan.
KONNYAKU さしみこんにゃく 刺身
When you open the pack, first wash sashimi konnyaku with iced water.
KONNYAKU さしみこんにゃく 刺身
Next, drain off the water from it.
Then, put the sauce on it.

At a supermarket in Japan, I recommend finding sashimi konnyaku. It includes a pack of sauce called Karashi-su-miso からし酢みそ. This sauce and sashimi konnyaku matches very well. It is made from miso, mustard, vinegar and sugar. You could also put a little bit of wasabi and soy sauce on it instead of Karashi-su-miso.

Note
You can probably buy Sashimi konnyaku in supermarkets in Japan, but please make sure you should find the name 刺身こんにゃく or さしみこんにゃく, because normal konnyaku こんにゃく usually requires boiling while
Sahimi konnyaku doesn't require boiling.
Eating normal konnyaku without boiling and seasonings is not tasty.
However, konnyaku is already boiled in the manufacturing process.

Sashimi means sliced raw seafood or meat.
But sashimi konnyaku is not made from those foods and isn't raw, but it is like sashimi in texture.
It is good for vegetarians.

Horse Sashimi 馬刺し

It is called Basashi in Japanese.
Horse meat is a traditional Japanese food. It is used in dishes such as horse meat sashimi (馬刺し Basashi) and broiled horse meat.
Many Japanese restaurants offer these foods in Japan.
Horse meat is a healthy food, because it is richer nutritious, and has fewer calories than beef and pork.
BEEF KITCHEN STAND ビーフキッチンスタンド
In Japan, some restaurants offer Horse meat sashimi that is sliced raw meat, called Basashi 馬刺し.
A restaurant uses tasty horse meat. It tastes like soft beef that's raw or cooked rare.
BEEF KITCHEN STAND ビーフキッチンスタンド
Soy sauce is good for horse meat sashimi. Please put some wasabi, garlic and chopped green onion on it.
This food is Basashi 馬刺し and costs 290 yen at the restaurant.

BEEF KITCHEN STAND ビーフキッチンスタンド Akihabara 秋葉原, Shinjuku 新宿, Shinbashi 新橋 in Tokyo
This restaurant offers many different kinds of amazingly low priced foods for between 100 and 380 yen. (They are small size though.)


It has been known as a stamina food since the Edo (Samurai) Period.
(The Edo Period took place from 1603 to 1868.)
This menu includes several cuts of horse meat including fatty meat, lean meat and so on. Each cut has a different taste.

Horse meat sashimi is better to eat while drinking beer than eating it as a main dish. It also pairs well with drinking sake.

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(in Japanese)

English menu

  • The prices are not including 8% tax.
  • Cover charge is 350 yen per person at dinner time.
  • No service fee
  • Their "Horse Meat Sashimi (680 yen)" has two kinds of horse meat on a dish.

Some restaurants located around Ueno 上野 Station in Tokyo
When you go there, please refer to 店舗詳細 (Details)> 地図 (Map) on this website.

Chicken Meat Sashimi / Tataki 鶏の刺身、たたき

Restaurants that offer raw or rare cooked chicken uses Japanese brand of high quality chicken.
This domestically produced chicken is rigorously inspected and cleaned to provide that it is fresh and safe to eat.
Grilled Chicken Skewer Bar Restaurant - Yakitori Izakaya TORITETSU - Tataki - 焼き鳥 居酒屋 とり鉄 - たたき
This is lightly seared raw chicken, cooked rare at a restaurant below.

Lightly Seared Chicken, Crunchy Chicken mixed with Japanese Ume Plum Paste 鶏肉のたたき 梅水晶
Have you eaten something very Japanese? I would introduce 3 different types of Japanese local foods to tourists from foreign countries. I think some people might dislike them because of the uniqueness in texture.

BEEF KITCHEN STAND ビーフキッチンスタンド
In Japan, some restaurants offer lightly roasted chicken carpaccio that's cooked almost rare. It tastes like chicken meat sashimi.
BEEF KITCHEN STAND ビーフキッチンスタンド

Whale Sashimi / Tataki 鯨の刺身、たたき

One of the food cultures in Japan is whale meat.
Whale 鯨 刺身
Whale sashimi (3 kinds)
Whale sashimi 鯨のたたき 刺身
Whale Tataki
鯨のたたき Kujira-no-tataki
It is lightly roasted whale (raw) meat sashimi. This one is on some vegetables with Ponzu (citrus-flavored soy sauce). Sliced garlic / grained ginger and whale sashimi match very well.
Whale sashimi 鯨のたたき 刺身

Boiled or Steamed

Moray eel tataki ウツボ たたき
Moray eel ウツボ たたき
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Moray eel ウツボ たたき
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Moray eel ウツボ たたき
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Moray eel ウツボ
Moray

Vegetable Sashimi

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Bamboo shoot たけのこ 筍 竹の子 刺身
Bamboo shoot たけのこの刺身
Bamboo shoot たけのこ 筍 竹の子 刺身
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Wood Ear Mushrooms きくらげ 木耳 刺身
Wood Ear Mushrooms きくらげの刺身
Wood Ear Mushrooms きくらげ 木耳
You should buy fresh wood ear mushrooms for sashimi. Dried one is not good for sashimi.
However, it is difficult to find domestically produced fresh wood war mushrooms.

If you are interested in Japanese food culture, eating those types of sashimi are worth trying.
Why not try all of them and discover a new favorite sashimi when traveling in Japan?

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