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A photo of shin ika sushi
Baby Golden cuttlefish (Shin ika)

Baby Golden cuttlefish (Shin ika)

【Nigiri: Shellfish】
Shin ika is the name for Golden cuttlefish before it reaches maturity, with "shin" meaning "new." Caught only during summer and highly valued among so-called “sushi connoisseur”. It will melt in the mouth like snowflakes. Each bite gives you a tastiness, sweetness of squid flesh and fine flavor.

Hashiri Shin ika goes for over $500 per kilogram. At about 20 squid per kilogram, the cost of one piece of sushi is $25. This price is comparable to Otoro.

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Golden cuttlefish (Sumi ika)

Main production area

Fukuoka Yamaguchi Shimane

Famous production area

Izumi Amakusa

Season

August