Mentaiko Spicy Cod Roe

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Mentaiko Spicy Cod Roe

Mentaiko, spicy cod roe is a refrigerated product and difficult to buy outside Japan. I pickled canned cod roe and made mentaiko by myself.
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Rest After Cook 6 hrs
Servings 4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • canned cod roe 50 g
  • dashi powder 3/4 teaspoon
  • soy sauce 2 teaspoon
  • brown sugar 2 teaspoon
  • water 2 teaspoon
  • red pepper (powdered one is the best, but coarsely ground one is ok) 1/4 teaspoon
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Put all ingredients in a clean container and mix well.
  • Cover with a lid and let sit in the refrigerator for at least half a day.
  • Serve on white rice.
NOTES
Mentaiko is cod roe marinated spicy. It is made in Japan, especially in Fukuoka, and is a very popular ingredient, eaten with rice or used in cooking.
I love mentaiko, but it is almost impossible to buy in Finland. It is a refrigerated product, so you can't even have it sent from Japan. I tried to fool myself and please my craving for mentaiko by eating cod roe pasta.
However, on Twitter, I heard about canned cod roe being sold at a Russian market. My friend gave me some of those cans sold there as a gift. Thank you. Of course, the cod roe pasta, the cod roe and potato salad made from those were delicious, but the most satisfying thing I made was this mentaiko. I can't describe the joy I feel when I am able to reproduce those Japanese ingredients that are not available overseas in a delicious way.
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