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shioyaki using dried fish?

bodacious Feb 7, 2007 12:38 PM

has anyone ever heard of this? i was served a grilled salted fish (whole, about 5" long) at a japanese inn that was so soft, you could eat the whole thing, head to tail. my mother suggested the fish might have started out dried. i've heard of chinese salted fish, but is this ever grilled? thanks!!

  1. capriana94555 Feb 7, 2007 01:05 PM

    sounds like a "one night dried" (一夜干) fish


    1. Robb S Feb 7, 2007 02:41 PM

      There's a very nice chain of izakaya in Tokyo called Himonoya that specializes in all kinds of grilled dried fish (aka "himono").

      1. steamer Feb 7, 2007 10:25 PM

        Was it split? If not maybe it was a shishamo.

        1. steamer Feb 7, 2007 10:26 PM

          just had another thought, maybe it was a very small ayu shioyaki.

          1. kansai_mike Feb 9, 2007 08:37 PM

            I think you are talking about Smelt or Shishamo as steamer has suggested. They look like sardines don't they. They are very popular in izakayas. I bought some at the store last week 4 for 100 yen ($1). Grilled 'em. Yum!

            I live in Japan BTW.

            1. E Eto Feb 11, 2007 05:53 PM

              There's half dried aji, that looks something like this.

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                bodacious Feb 22, 2007 07:40 PM

                thanks for all the suggestions -- i actually bought shishamo and various himono (including aji) and grilled them. though tasty, they did not quite replicate the experience in japan, which i realize now could only have been a whole, fresh fish -- out of this world. i guess that's why we go to japan to eat!

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