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Kobako (Barrel) Crab | 香箱ガニ丼

北陸のキャンピングカー旅を終えて、福井で頂いた香箱ガニのリゾットが美味しかったこと。旅行は11月半ばでまだまだ寒さの始まり。蟹もまっさかりとはいえない時期でした。東京でも香箱ガニに出会えないかなぁ?と旅の思い残しの一つでしたが、つい数日前スーパーの鮮魚売り場で活きた香箱(セイコウ)ガニを手にすることができました。数年前は「角上魚類」(小平店)に「香箱ガニ」を注文して取りに行くこともしばしばありましたが、、我が家から小平までの道のりは意外に遠い。今回は日常的に通うスーパーの鮮魚売り場で売ってました。行き絶え絶えの(活)香箱ガニでしたがやったぁ!活4個をGET。

What you are looking at is the Kobako (Barrel) crab which is a female snow crab, fished around the Hokuriku region. It is rather petite in size compared to the male snow crab (Zuwaigani) , but has a mushroom egg and a orange colored inner child consisting the miso. Although the quantity per crab is small it is full of umami (rich taste). Since these are female crabs the fishing periods are restricted, a seasonal delicacy.

Not often do I see these Kobako crabs in Tokyo. Luckily encountered these (barely) alive crabs at a local supermarket fish section which I was able to grab 4 ‘live’ crabs enough to make a rich ‘Crab Don (Crab over hot rice)’ .

 

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The male snow crab, ZUWAIGANI at the Noto Morning Market.

 

メスの香箱ガニは体が小さく、オスは見ての通り大きなズワイガニ。

香箱ガニは値段もそこそこお腹の中にある外子(卵)と、甲羅の中にある内子(未熟成卵)とかに味噌が絶品です! コクがあり旨みが凝縮されたカニミソと内子、ぷちぷちとした食感がたまらない外子。サイズが小さいため、足の身も少ないが、味はズワイよりも濃厚で甘みがあります。

The Kobako Crabs are really petite. The body is approximately less than 10 centimeters and boiled for about 20 minutes before separating the meat.

Preparing and removing the crab meat is a rigorous job but fortunately I come equipped with a husband who loves to prepare the Kobako Crab, thus the photos below are done by him after 3 full long hours of meticulous picking and removing. He has done a wonderful job! Good job! Well done!

 

 

This is the Kobako Don, Don is a term we use for ‘over rice’. People travel to Hokuriku during the crab season to taste the Kobako Don, a dish made famous by a (late) famous novelist and short story writer, Kaiko Ken. Here is a dedicated site.

PS ) It is also called the SEIKO Crab in some areas.

 

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2 Comments

  1. I grew up eating crab and really miss the freshly caught ones that my father use to catch. That last photo looks pretty much like what I used to eat back then!

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