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A photo of Unagi sushi
Japanese eel (Unagi)

Japanese eel (Unagi)

What does Unagi taste like?
Japanese eel has long been a delicacy enjoyed in Japan, but apparently it has an even longer history as a dish enjoyed by ancient Greeks and Romans. The eel on the market is mostly farmed. The natural rendition is a rare find, making up less than 1% of the market. The exquisite fat melts away from the plump body, and also melts in your mouth, but without completely losing all chewiness. The combination of the sweet sauce topping and grilled aroma, as well as the acidic shari (vinegar rice) creates multiple layers of flavor and a delicious taste that is hard to describe.

Also called Eel.

Main production area

Kagoshima Aichi Miyazaki Shizuoka

Famous production area

Isshiki Yaizu

Season

Autumn-Winter (natural)  Early summer (farmed)