Saturday, May 8, 2010

Japan: Kochi Part 1

After Tokushima, we arrived at Kochi, south of Shikoku. Originally, we thought Kochi would be a small town surrounded by fishing villages. Instead, it's an industrious city filled with bustling traffic and busy workers.  This is a strange city where people spoke Japanese differently, with a strange accent. Whatever charm and beauty the city lacked, it made up in its cuisine.

Photo on the left is an advertisement sigh for a random izakaya in an alley way.  We didn't end up going in, but it was intriguing to say the least.  This peculiar animal is holding a fish and some alcoholic beverage.  Kochi is indeed known for their amazing seafood and local brewery.

We found this dish called katsuo tataki.  Katsuo means skipjack tuna (a.k.a. bonito) which is only available fresh at Kochi, and tataki means lightly searing and seasoning ginger and vinegar.  Katsuo was a delicious fish.  It was refreshing, crisp, succulent all at the same time.  Dennis "Everything was perfectly balanced.  It was great".   He had it at least twice three times a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Yes, breakfast. In fact, they served it as an all-you-can-eat item for breakfast at our hotel.  Dennis was in haven.

We also came across this message at the first restaurant we were at:

From my limited Japanese, I believe it talked about locally grown product for local consumption.  The food is produced at the highest quality and consumer can enjoy safely.

Also, we ate some mysterious fish meat. We still don't know what these were.  Was it whale? I hope not.

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