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Jan 1, 2010 05:11 PM

Where to buy japanese-style seasoned ikura online in U.S?

I think this board is the best place to try to find the answer.

I once bought ikura (in jar) from a japanese classmate before. That japanese lady told me she ordered it online(from U.S.) and the flavor was so great .

Later I lost contact with that japanese lady and I tried to buy ikura from some online stores and thought they should be the same. I was totally wrong.

The one that I got is un-seasoned and it's really bothersome that we have to use mirin and soy sauce to add the flavor every time. (and it always tasted not that right).

I know that there are some nice japanese supermarkets in some cities that sell fresh ikura. Unfortunately that we don't have one here. So I really like to know where to find a good online store to buy the japanese-style seasoned ikura.

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    If this is not the one you had before, you might be disappointed as there are so many variations to the recipe. If you can purchase a skein of raw salmon roe, you can make difference batches with different ratio of sake, mirin, and soy sauce to see which one is to your liking. Some people add dashi but that doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

    On a side note, I know even in Japan most people prefer shoyu zuke ikura over shio zuke but I can only eat shio zuke and it annoys to me to no end that shio zuke is getting harder to find.