I am not going to lie. Thank you very much. Well, about that. But do you? Apparently, shirako is deeply ingrained in Japanese culinary culture.
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Milt - Wikipedia
Milt is the seminal fluid of fish , mollusks , and certain other water-dwelling animals which reproduce by spraying this fluid, which contains the sperm , onto roe fish eggs. It can also refer to the sperm sacs or testes that contain the semen. Milt or soft roe also refers to the male genitalia of fish when they contain sperm, used as food. Many cultures eat milt, often fried, though not usually as a dish by itself. In Indonesian cuisine , the milt called telur ikan ; fish egg of snakehead and snapper is usually made into kari or woku. Various whitefish soft roes are usually consumed fried and it is an inexpensive everyday dish.
Fish sperm is a delicacy in Japan – this is how to eat it
Air travel is a great time to practice the fine art of conversation. Some of the more interesting chats I can remember have taken place with strangers on a plane. In an era in which technology presents ample means to avoid face-to-face interaction, planes thousands of feet up in the air may be one of the last refuges from cell phones and online chatting. On my recent flight home there was just one other person sitting in my row, an elderly lady who smiled encouragingly at me over the scarf she'd been knitting. Twenty minutes later, we were halfway through my portfolio of Nasty Bits pictures.
Wikimedia Commons Shirako, garnished with green onions and roe. For those from out of town, shirako serves as an unusual introduction into the more interesting side of Japanese cuisine. Shirako has long been a tradition in Japanese culture, despite its less-than-appealing appearance.