Updated: April 19, 2019
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Eating a Bowl of Sparkling Gold - Kumada


There's a shop in Harajuku called Kumada where you can eat a rarity called "Golden ikuradon." The ikura(salmon roe) used doesn't come from standard, chub salmon, but instead is from the river-dwelling Japanese salmon, and has a unique crunchy texture. This is a treat that is hard to find in Tokyo!

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Harajuku's Brand-New Shop Specializing in Salmon Rice Bowls!

Kumada is a 6 minute walk from Harajuku Station, or a 7 minute walk from Omotesando Station.
Kumada is on the basement level of a modern building that was recently constructed. There's only a counter space to sit at, but the atmosphere is hip and it's a nice space to be in.

Surprising Texture! Surprising Taste! 'Golden Ikuradon'

'Golden Ikuradon' (¥3,980 excl. tax)
Served in a chawan, sparkling golden eggs are heaped over a bed of rice. The beautiful simplicity of the dish is wonderful.
This special ikuradon (salmon roe rice bowl) uses ikura from the Japanese Salmon, which is distinct from the more common Chub Salmon.
The meat and roe of common Chub Salmon have an orange or red tinge that derives from the red pigment found in the crab and shrimp that the fish consume when in the ocean. However, the river-dwelling Japanese Salmon doesn't enter the ocean, and therefore maintains a yellow or golden color in its eggs.
Eating the eggs revealed an excellent chewiness. Rather than squishing, the roe seemed to crunch when you chewed. Normal ikura can be burst by using just your tongue, but this requires your teeth to burst. It's a strangely satisfying texture.
Compared to red ikura, the flavor of this golden ikura was lighter and also interesting.

Less Expensive Golden Ikura Items Are Also Available!

'Kumada-don with lots of golden ikura' (¥1,200) - only 10 served per day
For a very reasonable price, this menu item is another option that allows customers to enjoy the golden ikura. The store only sells 10 per day, but you should definitely try it out if you can!

In Closing

Think you'd like to try out the 'Golden Ikuradon' at Kumada in Harajuku? Just finding a restaurant that serves golden ikura in Tokyo is incredibly tricky, so if you get the chance to go to Kumada, don't miss out!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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