Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji fish market (Japanese: 築地市場, Tsukiji shijō) is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.

I woke up at 4 am this morning to be able to reach the fish market by 5 and witness the fish auction which starts approximately at 5.20 am. It's really a HUGE sacrifice but definitely worth every minute of it. Top: Buzzing with activities even though it's only 5 am in the morning.

Because the bidding can only be done by licenced participants, we only managed a sneak preview of the bidding with the help of a local fish supplier. Top pic: Bidders taking their pick prior to the bidding, estimating the price and hard at work scrutinizing every bit of the fish.

Below: Auction for other types of seafood.

A true sight of a fish market. Wholesalers all set and geared to bid for their tuna at the ring of the bell. We only managed to stand at the corner and observe this for a mere 5 minutes before we were kicked out of the auction hall.

I was told that some of these tuna are air flown from places like Japan where there is a HUGE market for raw tuna....

From there, we looked around the market and observed many, many different types of interesting seafood. What we see in our local wet markets is nothing compared to this!

A tuna waiting to be cut.
The master hard at work...cutting up the tuna with band saws. Ok, I'm trying to be a smart alec here. Did my research in wikipedia and noticed that these extremely long knives are actually called Oroshi hocho, maguro-bocho, or Hancho hocho.
He'd probably would have done this most of his life to attempt to slice that HUGE fish nicely!!!

....after which, at the end of our 'tour', we proceeded to breakfast at this 24 hr sushi shop.

H ha ha.....yes, a heavy breakfast at 6.30 am for 6 flers...

Once 'tour' is REALLY complete without buying something. Can't believe I ended up buying 1kg of these 'premium' bonito flakes costing about Y3000 (RM36.60 = Y1000). Some of you are probably gonna get these 'flakes' as omiyage when I am back!!

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