October 31, 2009
My husband and I took a stroll around Tsukijishijo (Tsukuji Fish Market) yesterday after running an errand in Ginza. I used to work near Tsukiji and never had the privilege of spending a day-off there. It was the same Tsukiji I went to on my lunch breaks, but it makes it a lot more exciting when you have no time limit.
We were set on making nabe that night, so we found ourselves in the best supermarket/playground to make knock-out nabe. We found that many of the fish were supreme cuts to be eaten raw, and therefore a waste to throw into nabe. I knew there had to be something just right. After zig zagging through the main aisles of Tsukijishijo, we found ourselves on the west edge of the market area. And there it was, our dinner, literally staring at us in the face. The signs propped up against the styrofoam ice chests read “Maguro: Eyeball, Throat, Jaw Bone ¥50 each!” Jackpot.
Before I could get an edge in about how crazy it was too see a bunch of eyeballs (about 4 inches in diameter each) bunched up into a clump, my husband was saying to the fish monger “One of each please!” I have to admit, I was pretty taken aback by the idea of throwing in an eyeball into our dinner. But for ¥150 three whole parts of a maguro, and given the fact that I was in Tsukiji, it was an affordable thrill which I would we stupid to pass up.
Here’s the nabe on our stovetop to provide a sense of how big this eyeball was. The jaw bone is the piece below the eyeball and the throat is above the eyeball.
The dashi stock that came out of the throat, collar bone and eye ball was delicious.
Remnants of cooked eye socket.
Check out the oily, buttery surface of my serving of maguro dashi.