At this time of year, I have something to look forward to.
It is seafood called Shiretoko Uni (Uni means Urchin).
I reckon some of you might have had Uni before,
but do you ever wonder what kind of Uni that was?
Currently more than 800 kinds of Uni have been identified in the world. And sixteen of them are fit to eat.
First, Bafun Uni is considered to be the most mouth-watering kind of all. What I want to introduce to you this time is Ezo Bafun Uni; Short-Spined Sea Urchin.
In fact, it is more than just Ezo Bafun Uni, very hard-to-find one because of its habitat which is the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, a World Heritage Site.
Then what makes this Shiretoko Uni so special?
It is because of what they eat. It grows up on Laus Kelp.
You know, kelp has deep flavors and a lot of nutrition.
Especially, Laus kelp is one of the three high-grade kelp.
In addition, the open season for Shiretoko Uni fishing is limited in time.
Fortunately, I have a friend in Laus, Shiretoko who sends it to me every year. Put some Shiretoko Uni on rice, place a few drops of soy sauce on it and eat.
What a blissful moment! I am always lost for words! I mean it.
You cannot have this taste and feeling of luxury anything else.
It is said to be a life-changing taste.
Please experience them yourself once in a lifetime.