The most popular Japanese dish that uses
Other foods that may use Japanese
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A Taste of Japanese
Many Asian countries have their own version of
While most fish sauces from other countries have a strong aroma and fishy flavor, this does not apply to Japanese
You can barely notice the fishiness either from the aroma or the taste. It has quite a deep flavor from the years of the fermentation process.
I also have this post on all of the different Japanese sauces you can think of and how their used. You should take a look at that as well if you want to learn more about Japan’s use of sauces.
With such a big difference between Japanese fish sauces and other countries’ ones, many people in Japan dislike the imported
Japan itself has many local versions of
Two other versions of Japanese fish sauces that are also popular are ishiru or ishiri from Ishikawa Prefecture.
Japanese don’t like to over flavor their dishes and keep thing natural, much different than Korean food and I find that very interesting. I’ve recently dove deeper into these differences and explained both Korean and Japanese food culture in this in depth post here.
People make shottsuru out of sailfin sandfish. The fermentation process takes a lot more time than other kinds of fish sauces.
While other Japanese fish sauces take months to ferment, shottsuru approximately can take three years to reach the right amount of fermentation. However, there is a company that also offers a 10-years processed shottsuru as a premium offer.
The most popular dish that uses shottsuru is the Shottsuru Nabe. It is similar to traditional Asian hot pot soups with seafood or beef. People also love adding shottsuru while cooking yakisoba as it enhances the umami flavor more naturally.
There are a few different kinds you can buy, but my favorite flavor is of this Akita Shottsuru from Moroi Brewing that has the taste I most associate with how it is served in Japan:
Here’s a video from the Japan News on exactly this type of sauce:
The fish sauce from Ishikawa Prefecture has two variations:
- On the east coast of the region, people used to make it from squid liver.
- While on the Noto Peninsula, they make it from sardines.
Although sometimes the name ishiru and ishiri are used interchangeably, some sources stated that ishiru refers to the one made from squid innards. Meanwhile, ishiri is the sardines one.
The most popular dish in this region is the ishiri kaiyaki, a squid dish grilled with
People also love using ishiri in many other dishes such as sashimi and asazuke pickles. Adding ishiri to those dishes may enhance the richness of the flavor without making it taste too much like sauce.
My favorite for this very reason is this Jinshi Ishiri fish sauce that’s not too overpowering:
There is another version of Japanese
This one is a soy sauce made of sandlace fishes. But compared to those two other versions of
After falling near to extinction, Japanese
The condiment is not as popular as other Japanese authentic condiments such as dashi soup and mirin. Neither it is as hip as Thailand’s nam pla or other countries’ versions of
However, this one has the most unique characteristic of a
You should learn more about dashi as well if you’re into Japanese cuisine and sauces. I’ve written an in depth post on authentic dashi here. If you’ve got some time you should read it.