Translated by Andrew J Tinkler
Take On The Tuna Challenge In Aomori's Tsurukameya Shokudo!
There's a place in Aomori Prefecture's Asamushi Onsen where you can eat a mountain of delicious tuna. Tsurukameya Shokudo has long been gaining popularity as the place where you can eat tuna to your heart's content.
Written by Ai Yoneda
Have you ever seen so much sliced tuna piled on top of each other that you thought it was going to collapse?
Sushi and sashimi are ranked as the most popular Japanese foods for visitors to Japan. There is no place in the world other than Japan where you can eat delicious, fresh, raw seafood. In particular, Aomori prefecture’s Oma is famous for being a place where you can catch the giant Pacific blue fin tuna, plus other species of tuna as well as other marine products.
This time we will introduce Aomori prefecture’s Tsurukameya Shokudo, a place where you can experience great products of the sea.
Tsurukameya Shokudo is located in the Asamushi Onsen in Aomori city, Aomori prefecture. Asamushi has been known as a hot spring district for a long time. The shop is located five minutes from Asamushi-Onsen Station on the Aoimori Railway.
It’s marked by this extravagant red and yellow sign.
The shop has table seating as well as a tatami area for floor seating. The walls of the interior are packed with stickers. I wonder just what kind of stickers there really are?
The stickers on the wall are proof that this place really is tuna country. Some of the stickers include producing areas, guides on how to fish, and the names of some of the fishing vessels. By looking at the stickers of the producing areas, you get an idea of just how large Tsurukameya Shokudo’s supply is.
The large serving of tuna over rice can be offered at a reasonable price in part due to the owner being supplied through his own fishing route as well as connections with other fishermen.
One sticker is put up on the wall for every tuna sold at the store so you can see a considerable amount of tuna has been eaten here. You can easily infer that Tsurukameya Shokudo has been loved by so many people for such a long time.
On the left we have the small bowl of tuna (2500 yen) and on the right the mini size (2000 yen). Although it’s a small size the amount of slices of tuna is large, enough so that you can’t even make out the rice in the bowl. The largest size is medium but according to the owner there are so many people who aren’t able to finish it, he recommends the small size for men and the mini for women.
The light-colored slices of tuna on the very top of the pile are the chu toro, or medium-fatty pieces and the darker-colored ones on the bottom are the akami, or leaner cuts.
Since the bowls are overflowing with tuna, so much that they seem like they’ll fall over, those of you who aren’t used to this sort of dish might have a hard time finishing it. Taking each slice from the top and dipping it in soy sauce and eating it is the best course of action in tackling these mountains of tuna.
The chu toro tuna is moderately fatty, which makes it just melt in your mouth. The leaner cuts on the other hand are less fulsome and have a refreshing taste, so it’ll be hard for you to lay down those chopsticks. That being said, you’ll definitely feel the volume of even the mini size. So eat with caution. And if tuna is not your thing, there are various other fresh seafood choices to choose from including sea urchin and salted salmon roe.
We want everyone out there to challenge themselves to finish Tsurukameya Shokudo’s amazing bowl of tuna and rice.
Address: Aomori, Aomori, Asamushi, Hotarudani 293-14
Wi-Fi: Not available
Credit Cards: -
Menus in Other Languages: -
Nearest Station: Asamushi-Onsen Station, Aoimori Railway
Access: 5 minutes from Asamushi-Onsen Station
Price Range: 1000–1999 yen