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Ajigasawa-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori, Japan

This cuttlefish is called "Ma-Ika", but it is called differently in different regions.

Freshly Dried Squid


On the Sea of Japan side of Aomori Prefecture, along the scenic JR Gono Line, I saw many curtains of squid here and there. And when I smell squid roasting on the roadside again, I can't wait. It's something I can't afford to overlook as a voracious eater.

However, when I see them dried along the national highway where trucks come and go, I'm sometimes shut down... Well, that was a long time ago, and we don't hang out to dry in such places now, maybe. There is a bypass around Ajigasawa.


[ At a drive-in on the Sea of Japan side of Aomori... ]
Half-raw squid, dried in the sun, is lightly grilled and eaten, and it's so delicious that it feels like it has a concentrated flavor, and it's not hard. It can be served with mayonnaise, but even without it, the saltiness is soaked in and flavorful. I was wondering how much saltiness can be attached to just "dried raw"... This is great with beer. If you're not driving here, this is where you want to go for a drink. Mmm, this is good.

Afterword)
I thought the squid fishing was done by squid fishing boats with fishing lights at night, but apparently, thanks to squid detectors, you can catch squid during the day.

In addition, the squid fishing method is different from the hunting method that uses nets to catch all the squid, and only about 10% of the collected squid can be caught in the squid fishing.
©Japanese Famous Foods , Update:2020/07/12