Canned Food In Japan
It's cheap, it's long-lasting, and it's convenient. Canned food can be found in supermarkets throughout the world and it ranges from fish and meat to vegetables and fruit. However, Japan has taken canned food to a whole new level. You can find pretty much everything in canned form: fried chicken (yakitori), wild animal meat, sushi and even classic dishes such as nikujaga shrunk down to can size. It should also come as little surprise then that one of the latest crazes to hit the Japanese foodie scene is gourmet canned foods.
October 10 is "Canned Food Day" designated by the Japan Canners Association to commemorate the completion of Japan's first canning factory (Ishikari Cannery in Hokkaido) by the Meiji government in 1877. On October 10 of that year, canned salmon was first produced from salmon caught in the Ishikari River, and mass production of canned salmon began in earnest, which led to the establishment of Canned Food Day to commemorate this event.
Try Canned Saba (Mackerel)
One of the most common canned items in Japan is fish. Despite the abundance of tuna, salmon, and other species, mackerel has recently taken center stage. You can find countless versions of it on the shelves today since it was rediscovered as a healthy food a few years ago. The most common flavors are plain, soy sauce, and boiled in miso.
On this Canned Food Day, we invite you to open a can of saba and enjoy it together with a cup of sake. Fish contains umami, and that, combined with delicious sauce, will help bring out the taste of the sake. Canned saba is perfect for busy days, when you just want to relax with a cup of sake and a quick snack.
Recommended sake is Kinokuniya Bunzaemon Namacho which is made from carefully selected sake rice and natural water from local mountain ranges in Wakayama prefecture in Japan. It pairs great witha any seafood dish!