The least regular series is back on Tokyo Fox for the first time in six years, and a decade on from the inaugural TF Recipes post! I actually had the idea to do this particular “dish” many, many years ago now but then forgot all about it until very recently.
Red caviar a.k.a. salmon roe (ikura in Japanese – a word which is also used to ask how much something is which leads to a whole host of hilarious jokes every time the word is used!) is one of the more commonly less appealing types of sushi for those from abroad. I just hated it’s appearance during my initial years in Japan. I had tasted it a few times and did think it was ok but was just put-off by the look of it. Many years on and I don’t really have any problems with it but that’s when it’s just a tiny amount filling a gunkanmaki (an oval, hand-formed clump of sushi rice with a strip of nori wrapped around its perimeter to form a vessel that is filled with the salmon roe in this case!) so it’s not such a problem.
However, eating a lot more of it……AND on toast is another thing entirely. Here are the four basic steps to follow for making this authentic (?) Japanese dish……
Step One: Having assembled your ingredients, put one or two slices of bread into the toaster for 2-3 mins.
Step Two: Spread butter on the toast (if desired) followed by the ikura which actually looks like it could be jam from afar! It certainly doesn’t spread like that though and is a little difficult to pull apart without a knife!
Step Three: Put the ikura-on-toast back into the toaster for 1-2 minutes extra.
Step Four: Put the ikura-toast in your mouth, eat and enjoy!!
But what did it taste like I hear you ask. Only one way to find out!!
Now usually that line signals the end point of these posts but this time I will actually reveal that it tasted awful and nearly made me vomit! I finished one slice and binned the other! With the Corona Virus dominating the news recently, such home-based blog content may be the future of Tokyo Fox! Luckily, there is a fairly substantial number of drafts waiting to be published but on the basis of this one I hope that the next ‘TF Recipes…’ post doesn’t come for a few more years!!
Click here to read ‘TF Recipes #1 – Miso On Toast’
Click here to read ‘TF Recipes #2 – Sashimi On Toast’
Click here to read ‘TF Recipes #3 – Natto On Toast’
Click here to read ‘TF Recipes #4 – Wasabi On Toast’