Earlier this week, I was able to indulge in one of the perks of living in Osaka. I decided that I wanted to eat fish for dinner. That’s a pretty exciting time, since Japan obviously has tons of delicious, fresh fish no matter where you go but this day was particularly good, since I had decided to go to a delicious Japanese tavern near my apartment. A student at my school in Fukushima (スミス英会話福島) had introduced me to this place and I was eager to go back. It has the best scallops I’ve eaten in Japan, delicious fried foods, and the most important item of all: ぶりカマ焼き (burikamayaki).
Burikamayaki is the grilled jaw of a yellow-fin tuna. The meat is juicy and changes flavor depending on where you get it from. The skin has just enough fat to complement the light meat and, when paired with some Japanese sake, it’s downright blissful. I ate very slowly so as to fully enjoy such a wonderful treat!
The tavern owner was an especially kind man and I was able to finish with some specialty soba (buckwheat noodles) that wasn’t available on the menu. My meal was thoroughly satisfying and something very different than what I could get in America unless I was willing to pay an arm and a leg. Having ready access to great local food is one of the many things I love about living in Japan!