Anko nabe（angler hot pot）is one of the winter specialties in Ibaraki.
Anko（anglerfish）in Eastern part of Japan is praised as a counterpart of fugu（pufferfish）in Western part of Japan.
The appearance is not so good with a bad shaped flat body, big head and a big mouth.
But contrary to its look, the flesh tastes light, and is low in fat and calorie, rich in collagen, so the fish is popular among ladies.
You can have anko nabe from November until March, and the prime period is from December until February, because liver becomes enlarged.
There are 7 tips to enjoy anko nabe more.
Anko nabe consists of seven parts of anglerfish, vegetable and soup.
There are two types of anko nabe, Miso-based and soysauce-based, and usually soups are light.
Seasonig and how much liver used differ by shops. Flavor and taste of soup change according to how much liver the shop uses.
You’d better try simple anko nabe first, since ‘dobujiru’ is too condensed and too strong.
While tasting simple anko nabe, you can savor each ingredient in a soup.
The seaside of Ibaraki used to produce lots of anko（anglerfish）, but the quantity of output has decreaced drastically.
Until 30 years ago, many anglerfish were sold at fisher market, and the scenery was considered as one of the winter features of port towns in Ibaraki.
Originally ‘dobujiru’ was cooked by fishermen on boats catching anglerfish without any water, using just anglerfish, vegetable and miso. The taste is too strong to eat for the first time, so at shops water is added to a soup.
《seven instruments/seven parts of anglerfish》
①liver ②ovary ③fin ④fresh ⑤stomach ⑥gill ⑦skin
Anglerfish is uniquely cut by being hooked since a body is usually big and heavy, jelly-soft and the surface is too slimy to cut on a cutting board.
First, hook a big mouth on a big steel hook, second, cut off gills and fins, third, peel skins after
snipping around a mouth.
It’s like a performance and considered as one of the winter features of Ibaraki.
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