|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||25%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Herring roe, or caviar, which is known as “kazunoko” in Japanese, is a delicacy that is served on January 1st to celebrate “oshogatsu” or New Year.
Kazunoko is considered a traditional Japanese New Year’s dish or "osechi ryori". As such, this dish, like other dishes served on oshogatsu, has valuable meaning attached to it. For example, eating kuromame, or simmered black soy beans, is fortuitous on oshogatsu, because the beans represent well-being and wishes for good health in the New Year. Similarly, kazunoko, or roe, represents fertility, eggs, and children. Eating kazunoko on Japanese New Year symbolizes the wish for many children or grandchildren in the year ahead.
This dish of herring roe is lightly seasoned with kelp (kombu) dashi, bonito (katsuo) dashi, and soy sauce (shoyu). There is no cooking involved, with the exception of mixing ingredients together and allowing the herring roe to marinate in the light dashi broth.
The only caveat of preparing this dish is that the membrane surrounding the caviar must be removed so that the flavors of the dashi can be absorbed. It is also removed for aesthetic purposes, given the dish is served on a special occasion, the presentation is important.
Other dishes that are enjoyed on Japanese New Year, or oshogatsu, include: black soy beans (kuromame), sushi, sashimi, and sweet red bean dessert soup (zenzai).
6 kazunoko, or herring roe
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon dried bonito dashi powder
1 (3-by-3-inch) piece dried dashi kombu, or seasoned kelp
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Soak fresh kazunoko in cold water for two days, changing water once daily. Store in refrigerator. This removes salt from roe, as well as loosens membrane surrounding roe.
Gently remove membrane from kazunoko pieces.
In a small pot, soak dashi konbu in water for about 1 hour.
Bring dashi konbu and water to a gentle boil. Add dried bonito dashi and soy sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Allow cooked broth to cool. Discard dashi konbu.
Gently break apart kazunoko into bite-sized pieces using hands. Do not cut.
Place pieces of kazunoko into dashi broth and place in refrigerator 1 to 2 nights while roe absorbs the flavor of the dashi.