April 1, 2010

Red


My computer refused to upload photo's for a few days, but it was in a good mood today and I was able to post a photo for Theme Day. Today's theme is 'Red.'

I don't know if you can call this red, but there seemed to be a lot of red in the Katsuo-bushi corner at the Seiyu, the supermarket next to Tokorozawa Station. Katsuo-bushi is made from dried and shaved Bonito, a type of fish we call Katsuo. But I've heard some people just call it 'Fish Flakes.'

Katsuo-shi can be used in just about any Japanese dish. It can be used as a topping for dishes like tofu, a ingredient in making broth, or used as a filling for rice balls.



My grandmother used to buy a dried Bonito and shave it at home. But since I don't have a shaver, I just buy the already shaved packets at the supermarket. I think Seiyu has a pretty large selection.

My friend and I used Katsuo-bushi as a topping for Takoyaki. Have you ever tried it? It was really delicious. And my friend's Takoyaki maker is red, too!




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9 comments:

Lois said...

It looks good!

Tall Gary said...

Katsuobushi is shaved fish? I thought it was a reference to Sazae-san’s younger brother becoming samurai (an inside joke).

We can see “the making of” tako yaki here. What skill!

My friend Benjamin (we call him Beni) made some tako yaki but he forgot the red pickled ginger. I was disappointed but it couldn’t be helped, so I said, “Beni, shoganai (another inside corny joke maybe).

VP said...

I approve and would like to try it. Nice images, a lot of red in the first!

Leif Hagen said...

Snack time - just what I could use right about now! Delicious RED theme day photos!

Louis la Vache said...

A clever interpretation of the RED theme!

Al said...

Neat post. I've never tried Katsuo-bushi, and I'm not sure where I'd buy it in my part of the world, 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean! Probably one of the stores up in Denver would carry it.

mia said...

Ooh I like fish flakes!! And squid flakes. Here in Manila we have a store called Aji Ichiban. I love it. We always get something from there. :)

Kaori said...

Thank you for the comments everyone!

Tall Gary, you simply crack me up! I don't think I've heard a better oyaji joke :D

Al, if you have an asian supermarket near you, they'll definately have Katsuo-bushi!

Mia, sounds like you've got a very japanese store down there :)

White Oleander said...

I love this dish! I just asked my mom to buy that fish in Japan when she visited.

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