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Saba-zushi
Basically a Kind of Preserved Food
Date:31, Jul, 2019
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Hello, everyone. I'm so glad you are here with me now. Now, I'm talking about Saba-zushi, local food in Kyoto, Fukui and Okayama. Saba means mackerel in Japanese. Zushi does sushi, by the way.

What's Saba-zushi? Put salted mackerel upon cuboid-shaped vinegared rice, and make it tight. That's Okay. Some use broiled mackerel, it is said.



Saba-zushi
File: Saba zushi.JPG
from the Japanese Wikipedia
(Photoed on March 3, 2008)

Japanese almost love to eat mackerel. For instance, from 2018 April to 2019 March, they had imported it about 70,000 t (wao!). Surprising! They fish lots of mackerel in Japan's territorial sea by themselves, and more they import. Some say Japanese people fish it too indiscriminately.

Taking the problem aside, Japanese almost love mackerel. However, before cooling technology improved in the 20th century, they were mostly impossible to eat fishes unless they went to sea. So they developed Saba-zushi. As you know, salted mackerel is a kind of preserved food. Even if you were so faraway from the sea, you could enjoy having mackerel by the local food.