Soused Mackerel Japanese Style

Good with Sake or Beer
Samma Is Best

Rice Vinegar, ingredient in Asian cooking

Rice Vinegar

This is a pickled raw Fish dish. A typical appetizer in Japanese cuisine. It goes well with Sake or Beer.  The fish known as Samma is best for this one, but Saba will work fine too. Recipe adapted from one by Joan Itoh. Continue reading

Saba with a Western Flavor / サバの西洋風

A Japanese Fusion Dish
For Mackerel — Saba or Samma

Panko, Japanese style break crumbs


This Japanese Fusion dish for Mackerel is based on a version originally received from Joan Itoh in the seventies.  It would Continue reading

Joan Itoh

The Rice Paddy Gourmet Who Is Also a Novelist

“One can’t deny a very special kind of aesthetic sense in Japan.” —  Joan Itoh Burk

Joan Itoh Burk was born in New York City and lived in Somi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, for thirteen years after she married the eldest son of an old landowning family in Japan.

During that time she immersed herself in Japanese culture and language, helped form an association of foreign women married to Japanese men and wrote extensively on Japanese food and cooking. Continue reading