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Long and wiggly but nutrituious

I posted this article before. I introduced grilled eels and rice in the article to you. I went eating hitsumabushi with my friends last week. This time, I’ll show you it.

hitsumabushi is originated in this region. hitsu of hitsumabushi means ‘bowl’ in an old way of Japanese, and mabushi means ‘blend’. una-don or una-juu, which I showed before, are grilled eels on a box of rice. On the contrary, you have to toss grilled eels and rice with something like rice paddle when eating hitsumabushi. One more thing, hitsumabushi has several procedures while you eat. There are three or four phases. I’ll show you them with pictures.

This is a very famous restaurant on hitsumabushi in Nagoya, Atsuta Houraiken. Look at the line. The restaurant had yet to open when I took this photo. It was so hot that I thought I could get heat stroke. We luckily found a cafe and had something cold to drink.
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This is the hitsumabushi before I start eating.
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I put off the lid of ohitsu(means ‘bowl’). You can see pieces of grilled eels topped on rice.
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At first, you have to divide grilled eels and rice in quarters, and then scoop a quarter into the smaller bowl. You must eat the small bowl of grilled eels and rice as it is.
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Second, scoop another quarter again and into the smaller bowl. After that, you top chopped leeks and chopped lavers. You can tell the difference on texture between the first bowl and the second one.
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Third, scoop another quarter and into the smaller bowl. After that, you top a nail-sized wasabi(horseradish) and pour Japanese hot tea.
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You can eat the last quarter in any ways you want.
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To eat eels look so strange and bizarre for people living in other countries. However, eel is very nutritious. Now that we can feel autumn is getting closer, but it’s still hot in daytime. Japanese eat eels and recover their energies lost in summer.

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