Akita TONBURI or
Tazawakocho Nameko JA
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The crunchiness will surprise you.
These are seeds from the Houkigi or Koshia scoparia plant, an Akita Prefecture regional specialty. The black and green pearled seeds, 1 to 2 mm in diameter resemble fish eggs, with a very crunchy texture and a taste of broccoli and artichoke.
In Japan tonburi, has become an essential ingredient of the Akita Buddhist vegetarian Shojin-ryori cuisine. In Japan it is known as the "CAVIAR" of the fields.
It accompanies smoked fish ( salmon, eel, halibut, haddock ) or can be blended into a mayonnaise. It garnishes blinis and other savoury reductions..., it brings out all the taste of tofu, sashimi, soy sauce, miso... The secret of success is to season just before serving ! The crunchiness will surprise you.