Updated: November 07, 2018
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What is "Tobiko" 飛び子?

Tobiko is an ingredient found in Japanese cooking, but what is it and how is it used?

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What Is "Tobiko" 飛び子?

Tobiko_on_a_spoon
"Tobiko", or flying fish roe in English, directly translates as flying child. Tobiko naturally has an orange colour but can be dyed to have a yellow, green or black colour using different ingredients.
Flying_Fish
This is what a flying fish looks like.
When you come to think about it from an evolutionary perspective, isn't it kind of wild to think this species developed wings. But, that's a whole other story.

Price

Tobiko_in_a_bowl
Tobiko clearly isn't as expensive as caviar but is probably still slightly on the pricey side outside of Japan.
In Japan, you can get about 200g for less than 1,000 yen.

How to eat Tobiko?

Tobiko_over_rice
Tobiko can be eaten as is or on top of rice, and of course with sushi.
Tobiko_Sushi
This is quite a typical way to have tobiko in Japan. It is served over rice and wrapped in seaweed.
Tobiko_sushi_roll
This is sushi that you more typically see outside of Japan. It has a salty sea taste and gives a crunchy texture to the sushi rolls.
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I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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