This Monday finds us way up north in Miyagi Prefecture, having spent the weekend in Sendai. Sendai is an interesting town, known for (among other things) it’s fine dining, which includes whale.
Yes, whale. And yes, I partook. This first taste was in a sushi joint in Sendai just a few blocks from the shinkansen station. Whale was surprisingly tasty, although it was lightly cooked in the Japanese style and therefore undercooked by American standards.
These are little strips of whale meat, lightly braised and served on little beds of rice. I don’t know what kind of whale it is but I suspect it would be minke whale, since that makes up most of the Japanese harvest.
Note that the minke whale is listed as an animal of “Least Concern” by the IUCN, which should (but probably won’t) fend off most of the squealing by the “save the whales” crowd. And I confess, pissing off that subset of greenie nutbars is one of the reasons this has long been on my Japan bucket list – precisely so that when I run across one of the “save the whales” crowd, I can agree enthusiastically, adding, “yes, by all means – they’re delicious!”
So, True Believers, if you’re ever in the Sendai area up here in Miyagi Prefecture, the city is known for its whale sushi and various other whale dishes. It’s also known for beef tongue dishes, but only the real nutbars object to beef. In either case – try some! If you piss off only one radical Sea Shepherd type, wouldn’t it be worth it?