Jun 10, 2016
News: Food That Moves - Ikizukuri (生き作り) and Friends
There’s nothing better after a hard day’s work than tucking into a hearty dinner to reboot the engine, so to speak.
It was with a distinct lack of enthusiasm then that, after working like a dog, I headed off to try out some ikizukuri (生き作り) and other seafood that still shows signs of movement before ingestion. Honestly, a Big Mac would have sat a lot better. Anyway, here's how it went down ..
Still, as you may remember we made a video gathering opinion on the street about whether or not folk would be happy to try out ikizukuri (which you can see here). Only fair then, that we, or I, give it a go.
Let’s be clear, or unclear, actually. Ikizukuri is the preparation of sashimi from live seafood. Whether or not it’s still alive when it arrives in front of the diners seems to be unclear. In some cases, it is. In others, it’s just the last vestiges of nerves reacting to outside stimulus; like chopstick prodding or being doused in soy sauce.
On this occasion, we went with some squid at around 2,000 yen, and a couple of sea urchin at 800 yen.
Taste wise, fine. I’ve never been a fan of squid, but that’s more about the texture rather than the taste. Eating experience wise, and ethics, it was as I suspected; all a bit pornographic. There’s a kind of sordid, Whooaaah, look at that element to it!, as diners loom in for a close look to see what kind of poses the star of the show can pull off. Honestly, if this is what the human condition has come to in our show of respect to the rest of creatures we share earth with, there seems little hope for the likes of PETA.
Still, try anything once, and all that.
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