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Cooking Eel and Wild Boar: Introductory Video

This video, titled "Japanese cuisine – Wild Boar and Eel – Kanazawa – Seafood - Japan," was uploaded by by "Travel Thirsty."
It gives an inside look at how skilled chefs prepare eel and wild boar, traditional ingredients in Japan.

This video was filmed in the Japanese Ryokan (inn) "Yamanoo" (山乃尾) located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県金沢市) in Japan's Hokuriku region (北陸地方).
You can take a close look at how skilled chefs prepare and cook both eel and wild boar meat.
You'll be amazed at the speed at which the chef fillets the eel!

Preparing and Cooking Fresh Eel

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Photo:raw eel

From 4:45 in the video, you can see how eel is filleted and cooked Eel is high in protein and rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin D, vitamin E, DHA, EPA, and minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium and copper.
In Japan, eel is often eaten as "Kabayaki" (蒲焼き) or "Unadon" (鰻丼).
You can take a look at a prepared Unadon dish at 14:54 in the video.
Another popular way to eat eel is "Hitsumabushi" (ひつまぶし), which is Kabayaki style eel chopped and served over rice in an earthenware pot.

Preparing and Cooking Wild Boar

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Photo:wild boar meat

Wild boar, a highly nutritious game meat, has been eaten in Japan since the Jomon period (14,000 BC-400 BC).
The boar meat is introduced at 0:56 and 16:14 in the video.
Wild boar meat used to be referred to as "Botanniku" (牡丹肉).
From 21:41 in the video, you can see the wild boar dish "Botannabe" (牡丹鍋).

Wild boar meat is higher in protein and has a higher water content compared to other meats such as pork, and it is surprisingly delicious!
There are many wild boar dishes you can try, such as "Shishijiru" (シシ汁, boar soup), "Shishinabe" (シシ鍋, boar hot pot), "Kakuni Chashu" (角煮チャーシュー, boar char siu).
Wild boar meat can also be barbecued, fried or simmered, all of which are extremely delicious.

Trying the Eel and Wild Boar Dishes Introduced in the Video

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Photo:Stewed wild boar meat

If you would like to try eel or wild boar dishes such as those introduced in the video, we highly recommend visiting a Japanese restaurant in Japan.
There are many restaurants with private rooms where you can relax and enjoy Japanese cuisine for lunch or dinner.
A quick search online is all it takes to find a popular restaurant in your area!

It's also possible to prepare eel and wild boar dishes in your own home!
There are many surprisingly simple recipes available, so why not give it a try?

Cooking Eel and Wild Boar: Introductory Video Summary

image of Kabayaki

We hope you enjoyed watching the eel and wild boar cuisine preparation video introduced in this article.
We highly recommend this video to anyone interested in Japanese cuisine or anyone looking to learn more about how these traditional dishes are prepared.

Feel free to watch the video once more and enjoy watching the amazing skills of the chefs as they prepare both eel and wild boar!


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Last Updated : Oct. 3, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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