Mentaiko" is a well-known specialty of Fukuoka. Have you ever heard of "Iwashi Mentaiko," which is mentaiko stuffed into sardines?
Yamaya Iwashi MentaikoThe price is 1,296 yen (including tax) for a package of 4 sardines.
Iwashi Mentaiko Baking MethodSince they are frozen raw, they need to be thawed and cooked before eating. To grill in a pan, place Iwashi Mentaiko on a cookie sheet, cover and cook over medium heat for 7-8 minutes on each side. Turn over and cook thoroughly until cooked inside.
How to eat Iwashi MentaikoI was already convinced by the aroma wafting through the air as I was grilling it, but this is so good! The tender, fatty sardine meat is nestled in the mentaiko (cod roe). The mentaiko cancels out the smell of the sardines, so all that remains is the deep umami flavor.
Rice is a must when eating Iwashi Mentaiko. The sharp saltiness and spiciness go great with the rice, and the chopsticks just go on and on. A beer would be perfect.
In addition to pan-frying or grilling, there are many other ways to eat it, such as simmered, deep-fried, or as tempura. Enjoy this exquisite collaboration of seafood!