Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ikanago no Kugini 2011

I am posting this every year! LoL

Ikanago no Kugini is my favorite tsukudani (food boiled in soy sauce) made with Ikanago (sand eel/sand lance). I really can't stop myself eating it with white rice! Yummy :P

Ikanago no Kugini is a famous Tsukudani in Hyogo prefecture. My grandma, who lives there cooks a few kilograms of "Ikanago no Kugini" every year for us in Tokyo.

It is usually cooked and eaten around the end of February or early March, when the fish is about an inch long. After its season, Ikanago goes deep in the sea where is cooler. Then it goes under the sand and aestivate.

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  1. I love how this dish is delicious and also has history! Unfortunately my family doesn't have anything like this but my mother is very strict with eating traditional foods during certain times of the year, like Chinese new year we must have certain types of dishes for dinner and we must eat a certain type of dessert at night!

  2. Hi suki!

    Yes! We do have fortunate foods we eat during certain times, too! And I kind of depend on that, too. haha

    Dessert at night?! That sounds interesting!!!

  3. oo never heard of ikanago before but i have heard of unagi and unago. they must be delicious how your grandma cooked it.

    my family isn't that into celebrating, so we don't have much things passed down haha. (it's so bad since i wont know how to make traditional foods!)

    but if going back to Malaysia during Chinese new year, we help grandma make biscuits to sell

  4. Hi grub,

    But you do celebrate CNY?! How kind of you to help your grandma!!! I always ask my grandma to make ikanago no kugini but never helped her X( I have to learn how to cook it someday!!! (I have been saying this for many years but never having a chance since I work full time...)

  5. haha well you can always learn when you have a holiday break :) by the way i forgot to mention this before. i'm not sure if you do these things but, i have given you a blog award, please come to my blog and claim it if you have time. :)

  6. Hi grub!

    Thanks for the award and dropping a note ;) I realized it but I forgot to do while I was looking for a theme to write. Good timing!!! LoL

  7. hi dear! i certainly do have this 1 dish ("Buah Keluak") which i really LOVE but which other pple kinda frown upon. haha~ mainly cuz the dish looks really 'black'... but it's a traditional nyonya dish that we always have during the 1st day of the lunar new year (my grandparents are nyonya, so i'm 1/4 peranakan too!). The sight of the dish is far from being appealing, but it's an acquired taste, n is super delicious when eaten with belachan chilli n rice!


  8. Hi mica,

    I never knew about "Buah Keluak"! Looks the same!!! And how interesting that is also eaten with rice!!! Then you understand how I love it ;)


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