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!
Harajuku's Brand-New Shop Specializing in Salmon Rice Bowls!
Surprising Texture! Surprising Taste! 'Golden Ikuradon'
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.
Compared to red ikura, the flavor of this golden ikura was lighter and also interesting.
Less Expensive Golden Ikura Items Are Also Available!
- I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.