Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3rd 2011

Barfin Flounder/Matsukawa Karei from Hokkaido

The male grows bigger than the female, up to 2 feet 6 inches.
It is said that for this particular fish, the bigger its gets, the better the taste (which is unusual).

Matsukawa = Pine Tree Skin
The appearance and the texture of the surface of the skin resembles a pine tree's surface.

Flounder is considered less desirable in Japan than fluke, but this is one of the two exceptions.
The other one is Spotted Flounder/Hoshi Karei.

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