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Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/14 02:55
Love Saba. Will arrive Japan Nov 23 staying thru Nov 30, what is the best time for Saba ?
by George (guest)  

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/14 17:16
Saba is available almost throughout a year, but autumn/winter is the best season. You'll enjoy it during your visit!
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Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/14 18:37
By the way, if you visit Tokyo, Kanda Yabu Soba had just finished restoration.
This restaurant is not so easy to find but unusual and traditional.
https://goo.gl/maps/e0o4O
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Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/15 13:33
Where do you go of you in Japan?
SEKISABA(関さば、関サバ、関鯖) of Oita is especially famous.
http://www.oishiimati-oita.jp/en/sekiaji.html
There seems to be torosaba specialty store in Osaka.
http://sabar38.com/shopinfo/
In addition, Osaka bou-zushi(棒寿司) of saba is also famous.
saba sushi iduu(いづう) of kyoto is also famous.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctUtBJckCiM
There seems to be mackerel specialty stores also in Hachinohe in Aomori.
http://hachinohe-sabanoeki.com/map.html
In the supermarket, such as shime-saba or saba canning has been sold.
It seems there is a store called saba-gin in Tokyo.
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A130201/13163044/
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1319/A131902/13136922/
by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/15 14:37
Thanks guys.
We will be in the Tokyo area this time, is there some place where we can eat good fresh grilled saba + saba sushi + if possible awabi ?
I heard the best saba comes from (Wakasa Bay) in Fukui prefecture, if so, my wife and I may drive there from Kyoto on our next trip to Japan, also would October be a better time for saba ie: when they are fattest ?
by George (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/15 20:03
Mackerel entering in Kyoto, I think that there are many things from Wakasa Bay.
Seki saba may have become a major recent years.
I think it's the most famous now.
According to Wakasa homepage, season seems to March to December.
Seems hama yaki saba(浜焼き鯖、Hama grilled mackerel) and Heshiko is famous in Obama City.
http://www.fuku-e.com/190_local_gourmet/12.php
http://www.kutsukiya.com/yakisaba.html
by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/15 20:40
Awabi is Ise-Shima of Mie Prefecture and Boso Peninsula of Chiba Prefecture, especially famous.
Time seems to be from April to September.
It is also time other than it is possible to eat.
October to January is often the location of the fishing ban period.
Awabi of Iwate Prefecture and Hokkaido seems to catch in sunny weather from November to December.
The prime rather than diving, it is so because it is way to poke at the harpoon.
It's Iwate is kaihouzuke(海宝漬) was delicious.
November 20 - November 25 seems to have sold even in the event of Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro.
http://www.iwate-nakamuraya.co.jp/
http://www.iwate-nakamuraya.co.jp/user_data/event_detail.php?event_id=...
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Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/15 23:18
Thanks haro1210, awesome ! I recorded an English TV programme on NHK about Saba, Wakasa Bay and Obama etc and it showed Hama grilled Saba as well as how Heshiko is preserved, so what you said is absolutely correct.
Re your link : http://www.iwate-nakamuraya.co.jp/ I would like to know what that is, is it a department store or a takeaway, where can we buy it in Tokyo (and eat it perhaps eat it in our hotel room)
Finally, any recommendations on where we can eat Hokkaido or Iwate Awabi,especially Awabi that is slowly simmered (rather than as sushi), I don't think this is even available in Tokyo ?
by George (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/16 02:40
There seems to be a AWABI specialty store in Tokyo.
awabi-tei
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1321/A132102/13007689/
shop eaten of awabi seems to be fine.
http://www.hotpepper.jp/food/KEY0001/f0101995/SA11/index.html
http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g080500/premium/menutab5/
http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g419903/lang/en/
http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g419903/
Chinese cuisine is often to use the dried abalone.
Here has become in December, but it seems to be eating abalone baked in Tsukiji of maguro-no-miyako.
Maybe then, it might have been sold anymore.
http://genet.jugem.jp/?eid=4749
awabi steak of wako
http://shop.wako.co.jp/ecvm?cmd=item_detail&item_cd=096602000000&category_cd=TOP008-005
Abalone cooked
http://www.hamanoin.co.jp/shopbrand/ct4/
by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/16 04:22
Thanks a lot for taking the time to search, haro1210, you have been most helpful and we now have so many choices.
Just one question regarding the 2 shops you listed, we know Wako store in Ginza of-course, but is the Hamanoin shop reputable (as the online picture of its cooked Awabi looks good), would you know ? When we arrive in Japan, we will take the limo bus from Haneda to TCAT terminal at Suitengumae, would you say the Hamanoin shop is 10 mins walk from there or better we take a taxi ?
by George (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/16 09:16
Because the store is Ningyo-cho Station is close, it is also possible to go by subway from suiten-gu mae Station.
It is one station in Hanzomon line.
To walk even from TCAT is possible.
Maybe, it is a 20-minute position.
In the other, there seems to be a shop also on the first floor basement of Takashimaya Nihonbashi.
http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/tokyo/store_information/index.html#floorg...


















by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/16 19:31
Great, many thanks haro1210, think we will take a taxi from TCAT direct to the store.
By the way, do you know where we can find tours in English, if any, from Tokyo to Izu for either 3 or 4 days ?
by George (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/16 21:24
Some tour company was looking for, but there is no Izu tour.
I think it maybe, even in individuals go.
Please refer to the following site to reference.
http://www.fuji-travel-guide.com/
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6310.html
When you make a other topic, might be other people find a solution.
by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Mackerel or Saba 2014/11/20 19:14
Thanks haro1210 for all your help and sorry for the delayed reply. No tours to Izu peninsula apparently and I guess I should not be surprised seeing that most locals would either drive or take a train. I did contact fuji-travel-guide from your link and they gave me some info. for self driving tour of Izu and I guess that will be the way to go. Thanks again.
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