The Yobuko Morning Fish Market and lunch in Karatsu

July 16, 2013

The Yobuko Morning Fish Market is one of the largest in Japan despite its isolated location on a peninsula in northwest Kyushu. Kent, Linda and I went on March 27, 2013.

Unfortunately, it was a gray day with occasional sprinkles, which may have held down the number of sellers. They are set up along a street in the town parallel to the waterfront of this fishing port, not along it, as I had expected.
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The photos below are in the order I took them. I didn’t try to organize by subject.
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The seller took a small octopus out of its water to show us.
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Squid, both fresh and dried, are the specialty of the region.
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Squid shumai, or dumplings, are a specialty. They can be bought in packages to take home or eaten on the spot as Kent is doing below.
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Oysters and sea snails.
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Clams.
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We drove down to the large market at the far end of town. It offered a wide variety of fish and other items in a commercial setting.
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We then drove to nearby Karatsu where we visited the showroom of a well-known potter. We then went to the potters’ cooperative in a building next to the train station where I bought two lovely little creations. We had lunch in the restaurant on its top floor. 

Linda ordered the Uni Don. You can see a box with a generous portion of uni (sea urchin roe,) a small bowl of sesame paste, some shredded nori, a raw egg (which Linda skipped,) some dried squid, a red bowl of rice and one of miso soup.
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After testing the flavor combination, Linda followed the instructions to put the nori and uni on top of the rice. She then poured the sesame sauce over it. She was very happy with the combination.

Kent ordered the tempura set which he thought was very good.
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The restaurant has a tank for keeping live squid. As usual, I ordered the local specialty. The body of a squid was cut into sashimi strips.
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After I had finished them, the rest of squid was taken back to the kitchen and brought back to us as fresh, hot tempura.
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I was also served two squid shumai, another local specialty which we had sampled earlier at the Yobuko market.
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On my tray there were various goodies, including yellow dried squid pieces and a clear soup in a red bowl.
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The lunch was very enjoyable. It is always interesting to try local specialties you might not order anywhere else. 


2 Responses to “The Yobuko Morning Fish Market and lunch in Karatsu”

  1. sue girdwood Says:

    How lucky you were to have Kent to translate and ease you through the cultural challenge that Japan can sometimes present. Cannot remember if you told us what he is doing in Japan (besides exploring the local food scene, which is clearly of great interest to him!)


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