SHIRAUO Icefish -シラウオ

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This year on 21 July it started.

Yes, fishing “SHIRAUO”.

What is “SHIRAUO” ?

It seems icefish is a collective term for transparent small fish. So let’s say here “SHIRAUO”.

Actually, “SHIRAUO” looks very similar to “SHIRASU”.
SHIRASU is basically baby sardine so it’s different.
SHIRAUO looks very small but it’s already mature.
SHIRASU is baby. After growing, they are called sardine “IWASHI” in Japanese and become much bigger.
Whitebait is also a collective term for small immature fish so here let’s say “SHIRASU” in Japanese.


“SHIRAUO” lives Lake- Kasumigaura which is the second largest lake in Japan.
Actually SHIRASU is very famous but SHIRAUO has not been known yet.
But surprisingly yummy!!!

Some says ” Jewel of Lake Kasumigaura “

How To Eat Shirauo ?

If it’s absolutely fresh, you can have row without heating.

1. Fresh Shirauo Don /Row SHIRAUO Rice Bowl

Put salt and wash well quickly and drain them.

Taking some SHISO leaves from my farm 😉 and cut into fine stripes.

SHISO leaves
Leak also cut
Yummy!!! Don’t forget soy source 😉

You can also heat SHIRAUO and have it.

Color changed from transparent to white.

2. Baked SHIRAUO on French Bread

This way of eating was also great. Spreading butter on the bread and put SHIRAUO and garlic powder. After baking, spread dried- parsley on it.

The outside of the bread is crispy and the inside and SHIRAUO are very fluffy.


Absolutely yummy!!!

When boiling SHIRAUO, some says it’s more tasty. In my opinion, I prefer Fresh ones but boiled is also very tasty 🙂 You can have rice a lot 😉

One of the local specialities in Inashiki is “SHIRAUO”.

Do you want to have it?

You can have it here in Inashiki 😉

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