Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to Make Ikanago no Kugini (Sand Eel Boiled Down in Soy Sauce) - Video Recipe

Last weekend was a 3-day weekend, so my darling and I went to Kobe to visit my grandma to make Ikanago no Kugini (my favorite dish) together!!!

Ikanago no Kugini is a specialty in Hyogo prefecture. It can be cooked and eaten during a specific period of time around March. Thanks to the holiday, I could finally visit my grandma :)

My blog post about our trip to Kobe:

Souvenirs from Kobe:

Ikanago no Kugini (Sand Eel Boiled Down in Soy Sauce)

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: N/A

2kg (4.4lb) Ikanago (sand eel)
* 440g (1lb) Kizarame (coarse crystal medium soft sugar) *400g (0.9lb) when Ikanago is small
* 400ml soy sauce *360ml when Ikanago is small
* 160ml Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 160ml Sake
260g (9oz) ginger
2 tbsp. Mizuame (starch syrup)
white peeled sesame seeds if you like

1. Thinly slice ginger to the size of Ikanago.
2. Wash and drain Ikanago. *cook Ikanago as soon as you get or it can get bad easily. the fish gets white and water becomes cloudy when it gets bad.
3. Put A in a large aluminum pot, then put on high and bring to a boil. Tilt the pan and make sure the sugar is melted.
4. Sprinkle with hands full of ginger. Sprinkle with hands full of Ikanago. Then sprinkle with some ginger again. When the bubbles start to cover Ikanago toward the center (that means Ikanago is cooked), add hands full of Ikanago and some ginger again. Repeat this until the ingredients are gone. *do not mix with chopsticks or a ladle or the fish will fall apart.
5. Remove the foam if necessary. *to remove a fishy smell
6. Cover with a lid made with aluminum foil with a few holes. Put on high, make sure it won't boil over. Then simmer for about 1 hour.
7. Add starch syrup, cover and simmer until the liquid is almost gone. Now toss Ikanago in the pot to mix. *again, do not mix with chopsticks or a ladle or the fish will fall apart.
8. When the fish is caramelized, drain with a strainer.
9. Transfer to a tray, and fan like cooling sushi rice. Then leave to cool completely. *1.2kg (2.6lb) Ikanago after cooking.

You can keep Ikanago in a large container BUT I recommend to store it in small quantity (in a Ziploc bag is okay), since it can easily get bad if you open and close the container frequently.


Inarizushi using Ikanago:

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