Enjoy Fresh Seafood at “Maizuru Port Toretore Center” in Kyoto
“Maizuru Port Toretore Center” is the michi-no-eki, or road station, with the largest seafood market near the Sea of Japan.
The fishmongers who set up at the Maizuru seafood market offer a wide variety of fresh and cheap seafood!
You can have the fish at the various stalls either cooked or prepared into sashimi for you, letting you dig in to the fresh fish right then and there!
I arrived a bit before noon, so it was relatively empty inside, but it soon got pretty crowded.
A Lineup of Fresh Seafood at the Shops!
The shops all put out displays packed with fresh seafood fished up at Maizuru Port.
Finally, Time to Eat!
Maizuru Wild-Caught Iwagaki Oysters (Grilled) 600 yen
The oyster shrunk up when it was cooked…
Still, the texture was great and it was super delicious!
I also grabbed some shellfish and squid from other shops!
Sazae (Turban Shell) Cooked In-Shell – 1 pc 200 yen
I didn’t get the meat and liver out in one go… fail!
However, the meat was thick and super tasty!! The sauce was great as well.
Hotate (Scallop) 300 yen
The rich umami flavor and chewy texture of the scallop is proof of how fresh it is!
Ahh, it’d be so good with some sake! (Too bad I can’t have any since I’m driving…)
Ika-Yaki (Grilled Squid) 300 yen
The squid had a nice, chewy texture. It was grilled to perfection!
Tsubugai (Whelk) 300 yen
The tsubugai had a nice chewy texture, just enough to have it spring back from your teeth.
Toro-Saba (Fatty Mackerel) 800 yen
The saba was super fragrant from the grilling, and the fattiness really took its flavor to another level!
If you’re a fan of saba, you have to try this.
Tsubasu (Young Amberjack) 680 yen
I also bought some beautiful sashimi.
In the Kansai region, amberjack that are 15cm long and under are called “tsubasu.”
In the same vein, amberjack that reach up to 40cm are called “hamachi,” up to 60cm are “mejiro,” and those even bigger are called “buri.”
Amberjack is a type of fish that gets called different names as it grows larger, known as “shusseuo” in Japanese.
If you don’t like hamachi much because you think it’s a bit fatty, tsubasu might be perfect for you!
There was still so much I wanted to try, but I unfortunately got full.
It was a fun lunch trip with things to see, food, and fun!