After Tsutenkaku Tower, we went back to hunt for food at Jan-Jan Yokocho, specifically sushi. I noted this particular restaurant Daiko Sushi (大興寿司南店) which we passed by earlier on, mostly due to its signboard. The 3 sushi per plate price look very reasonable at around 150 JPY (S$1.90) to 600 JPY (S$7.60).
There were only us and another group of local customers that afternoon.
We took the bar counter seats and wanted to order right away. Only to realize there are neither pictures nor English on the menu. The old sushi chef doesn’t speak English and look kinda nervous after realizing we are not locals.
We overcame language barrier by pointing at the display fridge to order. And he went on to prepare the sushi in blazing speed. Then look a little annoyed when he noticed me taking a picture of him…my bad, I should have ask for permission first. Definitely not wise to piss off somebody who’s preparing my food.
He started to serve us the sushi plate by plate without any expression. I must say that all the sushi certainly looks fresh and delicious. Most importantly, the taste is excellent!
Let me emphasize that again – the sushi at Daiko Sushi is GREAT!! I will now let the pictures do the talking.
Bizarre Shirako Sushi Experience at Daiko Sushi
We emptied the plate as soon after I snapped a picture of it, clearly enjoying all the sushi. Occasionally giving the thumbs up and mumbled ‘Oishii’ to the old chef. It melted the ice somehow. We started communicating via hand signs and I asked him to recommend something different. This was what he prepared.
We were looking at this soft and mayo-looking sushi which we don’t recognize at all. He mentioned the name a few times but we didn’t quite catch. We ate it anyway, thinking it’s just some part of the fish. It’s really DELICIOUS!! The flavour was very creamy smooth, very much like foie gras or tofu.
I was totally clueless about it until a Google search back at the hotel. That sushi is called Shirako (白子) and you wouldn’t believe what that is. For those who’ve never hear of Shirako, how about making a guess before you read on?
It’s actually the sperm sacs of the male fish, usually from the cod fish. Almost like a scene from Fear Factor, care for some fish testicle?? Oh my…but damn, it’s delicious. LOL
This delicacy is in season during the winter and it seems to be an acquired taste even for the Japanese. Will I order it again? For something that delicious, I just might.
When it’s time to leave, I asked the old gentleman for a photo politely. And wow, he gave us a big smile!
Getting here: The restaurant is just along Jan-Jan Yokocho.