In Iran, turnip is seen as top of the passion tree, while raw sea eel, or unagi
, is a popular Japanese pick-me-up.
Project leader - the Eastern Cape Development Corporation - has teamed up with Unagi
International, a Swiss-based investment company ploughing $5m into the study and subsequent development of the project.
The doubtful eyes we cast on the frogs legs and, especially, the Unagi
eel with sesame and ginger dressing were overshadowed by the knowledge that we could not possibly offend the chef by not trying these well-intentioned offerings.
Fillings for the dish include prawns, salmon, octopus and unagi
Or what about yakitori sauce, sukiyaki sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, unagi
(eel) sauce or shabu shabu sauce (ginger or citrus)?
Kubo's serves over 30 types of sushi and rolls made with uncommon varieties of maguro (tuna), sake (salmon), uni (sea urchin), unagi
(eel), and other seafood and vegetables.
And, just when you think your taste buds can't handle any more goodness, out comes the Dynamite Roll tempura prawn with avocado, asparagus, fried potato and unagi
Similar to an unagi
roll, the Caterpillar, an inside out sushi roll, came stuffed with rice smoked eel, along with crabsticks and cucumber, topped with avocado.
Under the heading "For Party Animals," Haiku offers a boat for two of 15 nigiri, 15 sashimi, California maki, unagi
maki and maki of the day for $80.
Compiled and written by professional caterer Aya Imatani (who draws her expertise from her own family's traditions (her father owned a sushi bar in Kobe, Japan), "Sushi: The Beginner's Guide" showcases more than fifty beautifully illustrated step-by-step sushi recipes from a distinctively Japanese cuisine that ranges from Magurotaku Saimaki (Tuna and Pickled Radish); to Saishoku Saimaki (Mixed Vegetables); to Unagi
Kabayaki Nigiri (Steamed and Teriyaki-Broiled Eel); to Tamago Nigiri (Japanese Omelette).
Following the Japanese calendar, there are even two Unagi
Days this year, July 24 and August 5, but much eel is enjoyed through this entire period.
The major culinary styles are represented, including kaiseki, kappo, fugu, soba kaiseki, sushi, tempura, teppan yaki and unagi