Tarako

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Plain tarako

Tarako, in Japanese cuisine, is a salted roe food, usually made from Alaska pollock, although tara actually means cod in Japanese.

Tarako is served in a number of ways:

  • Plain (usually for breakfast)
  • As a filling for onigiri
  • As a pasta sauce (usually with nori)

Traditionally, tarako was dyed bright red, but recent concerns about the safety of food colouring have all but eliminated that custom. In Kyūshū, tarako is commonly served with red chili pepper flakes, possibly due to that region's historic ties with Korean culture.


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