Yep, that’s it: “Shirako Tempura,” front and center on the menu I was handed at the izakaya Friday night. (Or if you’re slimming, you can slurp them down raw for only ¥399, with little chopped veggies lurking on the side.)
If you’re in Tokyo from Nov-Mar and are brave enough to try this delicacy, walk through the backstreets of Ikebukuro, Shibuya, or Shinjuku, looking for sidewalk signs advertising shirako (白子).
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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had