明太子のやまや

Eating in Japan vol.3 Yamaya’s Mentaiko

Yesterday, I had lunch of hamburg set meal (1,300 yen) at a restaurant called Yamaya in Sannomiya, Kobe. The hamburg was included in the set meal of the last article of Yamanekoken, so you may think, “Hamburg again,” but please don’t worry. I’m going to write about mentaiko which comes with every set meal.

Mentaiko is walleye pollack eggs marinated with salt and hot red peppers which came from Korea to Kyushu area in Japan. Mentaiko is an expensive item in supermarkets, but here you can eat it as much as you like, so I ate a lot until the point that I must get told off by mum if she knows that!

When I looked around myself, almost all the other customers were eating Karaage(fried chicken) set meals. The karaage in this restaurant is flavored with mentaiko, and I have never ordered it because I think “why serve mentaiko flavored karaage when the mentaiko is all you can eat?” I ate a shougayaki(ginger flavored grilled porc) set meal last time here, but I will probably have no choice but to order Karaage next time. I would like to show you the motsunabe(a hotpot of giblets) of this restaurant sometime soon.

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