Good news for mentaiko lovers. "Mentai Tube", where you can easily enjoy mentaiko, is on sale from "Yamaya" in Fukuoka.
The lineup includes the "Hakata Rice Series" and the "Hakata Bread Series". Both are included in a package designed with polka dots and Hakata-ori that express the "crushing" of mentaiko. The purchase price at a specialty store is 600 yen (excluding tax).
You can apply it to rice or bread as it is, or add it to your cooking. This time, we will review 3 types in 3 ways.
◆ Hakata Bread Mentai France
Combine butter and garlic with mentaiko and add lemon juice as a secret ingredient. The tip of the tube is thin and it comes out with a flat line, so I am happy that it is easy to apply to bread.
The taste of mentaiko and the richness of butter are very delicious! The slightly effective garlic will further arouse your appetite. A mellow yet hidden lemon with a refreshing aftertaste.
◆ Hakata rice Ume kelp mentai
Mentaiko mixed with Hokkaido kelp and Oita plum paste. Make a notch in the hanpen and apply a mentai tube between them. Add sesame oil, bake lightly, and top with green onions to complete.
Bubble wrap mentaiko between fluffy hanpen. The subtle spiciness, the taste of kelp, and the acidity of plums are combined. Each taste is tightly packed in the refreshingness. Excellent because the taste is decided only by this.
◆ Hakata Bread Cream Cheese Mentai
Mentaiko mixed with cream cheese from Hokkaido, and then dice-shaped processed cheese is added. Simply mix with steamed pumpkin, Brussels sprouts and avocado to complete a hot salad.
Creamy cheese and mentaiko go great together. A deep richness is added to the natural sweetness of vegetables. In the sticky paste, the texture of mashed mentaiko and crispy dice cheese is a good accent.
All of them are delicious and easy to use, so the range of dishes should expand dramatically. If you like mentaiko, you can keep it in the refrigerator without any loss!