Oh Yay, It’s Deep-Fried Fish Testicle Season

ShirakoIzakaya

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).

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

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