Tsukiji Fish Market


Japanese like fish, fresh raw fish. In Japan there are also many processed fish products. It is common knowledge.

But even being well acquainted with modern logistics processes at first I did not understand how it works – the Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish market in the world. Located in Japan not far from the most elegant parts of Tokyo. The place is extremely different from the adjacent quarters. There are plans to relocate it. But it could be difficult as the wholesale area is really very big, fully sheltered, with many traders inside, and it is surrounded by many retail shops, fish stands and restaurants. It opens in the early morning, and closes in the late morning hours, as the fish is dispatched to restaurants that would use it the same day.

We got there almost at its close, but there were still many people processing fish and other sea produce. Below some photo impressions.



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Gulas


When I first time heard this name, the association was clear. I thought of a tasty but spicy meat stew with paprika served as a main course and originating in Hungary. But as I looked at that what was meant, I saw a totally different dish, or kind of appetizer made of something I was not able to define. It turned out to be fish prepared in a special way. The error was obvious as goulash (Hungarian meat dish) and gulas (Spanish fish appetizer) when words are not carefully pronounced they sound quite similar.


JMA_Gulas

A sandwich on salmon and gulas seen (and tasted) at Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid.


First I thought gulas is just a funky way to serve raw fish. But, its origin is a bit more complicated. In Spain, there is a kind of delicatessen food, compared sometimes with Russian caviar, called angulas that is made of young eels (up to 10 centimeters long). As those are quite costly, a cheaper imitation was invented that is made of surimi cut the way so it looks like small eels. No idea what is the taste of the original angulas, but the sandwich with salmon and gulas I ate at Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid was quite tasty.


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