Saturday, June 9, 2012
Word of the Week - Mentaiko
Mentaiko (or Ming Tai Zi) is essentially marinated roe of pollock, a kind of marine fish. What I have here is spicy roe, a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. You may have eaten it without even realising it's there. The name derives from Mentai, which means pollock in Korean. It can be eaten on its own with sake, and is in fact, nominated as the best side dish by one of the Japanese magazines.
My husband got this for me from the airport in Tokyo, 1000 Japanese Yen (about US$10) for 100g, about half the price of what you get in Singapore.
To use as an ingredient or to serve, simply cut the sacs and scrap the roe off with a teaspoon.
Scrap gently and you are left with the membrane as shown here.
The packet I got yielded this much Mentaiko.
Look out for my Mentaiko Pasta in the next post!