Uni: Japanese Sea Urchin

 

Sea Urchin is called Uni, and It’s very popular as sushi, sashimi and donburi in Japan. There are mainly two types of Uni as Bafun-Uni (intermediate sea urchin) and Murasaki-Uni (naked sea urchin) are eaten. Both of them are glossy orange or yellow color, have rich, creamy taste, distinctive flavor, and melt in your mouth. Uni is a luxury ingredient that tastes very different depends on its quality, so If you eat Uni as raw, you have to choose fresh and high quality Uni.

Uni packed in a chip box

When I was a child, I disliked Uni’s distinctive taste, smell and texture. I couldn’t believe why adults like Uni. But now, I love Uni! It’s one of my favorite sushi topping. At home, I usually eat raw Uni as donburi, or sashimi with wasabi, soy sauce or salt. It’s a very easy and delicious dish. ( But, It’s expensive!) If I don’t have high quality Uni, I sometimes eat as broiled Uni, with egg dishes, pasta sauce, etc. They are nice taste too.

 

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