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Uni: A Must-Try for You Adventurous Eaters!

  • Dec 15, 2008
Consuming uni can be a hit or miss.  When it's bad, it's downright foul, but when it's good, it's *amazing*.  I know most foods are best consumed when fresh, but when it comes to uni, it has to be SUPER fresh in order for it to be good, otherwise, it's just a slimy, smelly disgusting mess.

Uni has a very unique texture.  When it's bad, it can get all liquid-y and appear to be "melting", but when it's good, it's suppose to be like a jelly foam in your mouth.  Before consuming, it should be firm and be able to hold its own, but when it's in your mouth, it's extremely easy to chew through and is all light, airy and delicious. 

I've had the fortune of being able to have some extremely fresh uni.  One time, I've even had the itamae crack open a live sea urchin in front of me and serve it to me immediately.  It was amazing.  All you adventurous eaters out there must try uni!

Here are all the different ways that I've ever had uni:

Stirred into pasta

As nigiri

As nigiri with a quail egg

As sashimi

As a shooter with sake with a quail egg


And served on its shell and a bed of ice while the spikes are still moving!

And straight from the tray, like a savage!

I can't wait to try uni in risotto!

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January 27, 2010
I love Uni! I also love the live ones at Sushi Raw (friends with the owner) I need to try the uni shots! Thanks for the great write up and photos, Lady D! I am hungry!
January 27, 2010
Thanks, Woo! I've never been to Sushi Raw before. I'll have to check them out! I had the live uni above at Live Sushi Bar in Potrero Hill. Yum :)
October 18, 2009
oooooh, if you find a uni risotto recipe, please, you MUST share!
November 03, 2009
Will do! I'm still dying to try it myself! :)
September 14, 2009
I think we have very similar taste in food. Would be nice to go out for lunch, esp if JR is picking up the tab! ;-) Let's have some unagi, uni and ikura. I love ikura, but only if served in Japan. They are best and extremely fresh in Tokyo! You must try it when you get a chance. I've not had any good ones outside Japan though.
September 14, 2009
Haha, wouldn't that be nice?! :P  My dream Japanese meal would be uni, toro and I'd love to try fugu.  I've only ever had ikura in the States before, but wasn't really a fan.  Will definitely have to check it out when I'm in Japan again!
More Uni reviews
Quick Tip by . December 04, 2010
posted in Gourmand
It may look like baby poop but can be delicious if served fresh. AKA Sea urchin
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Uni is reserved for the bold risk takers. It is definitely at hit or miss, but if you hit the bulls eye--you won't regret it.
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Uni is Japanese for sea urchin, a spiny sea animal in which its ovaries, or the roe, is edible.
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