Marumiya Tarako Furikake and Cod Roe Mayo Dip
“Marumiya (丸美屋)” is the leading Japanese food company with the largest share in Furikake rice seasoning.
For people who don’t know “Furikake (ふりかけ)”, it is a traditional Japanese condiment for rice consisting of dry granules processed from various food materials such as meat, fish, fish roe, and seaweed, and is used by sprinkling.
As I wrote about it several times in the past, Marumiya has many long-selling products in its Furikake line-up and what I introduce here Tarako Furikake is also among them.
Marumiya Tarako Furikake
For the unfamiliar with the traditional Japanese food “Tarako (たらこ)“, it is salted cod roe with the sac intact so usually comes in a lump. Tarako is often eaten with a hot bowl of white rice and Tarako Furikake has been a standard Furikake variety in Japan for a long time.
In fact, this year is the 55th anniversary of the release of Marumiya Tarako Furikake, and it is no exaggeration to say that this product is the most famous and most beloved Tarako Furikake in Japan.
As I mentioned above, the basic way to use the Furikake is just sprinkling it over a hot bowl of plain white rice, as much as you like.
From the appearance of the original Tarako roe, you might think it is bizarre and makes you lose the appetite. But it has a distinctive texture and salty umami taste and is tasty. If you still can’t eat it, I recommend first trying Tarako Furikake.
This Tarako Furikake comes with shredded nori seaweed and is very savory, full of umami, and really easy to eat, not to mention it is delicious!
By the way, another recommended way to enjoy this Furikake is making Tarako Mayonnaise or cod roe mayo. Just like Mentaiko Mayonnaise, Tarako Mayonnaise is a simple mixture of Tarako or salted cod roe and mayo.
With Tarako Furikake, you can effortlessly make Tarako Mayo by mixing the Furikake flakes with a proper amount of mayonnaise.
The cod roe mayo is most often used as a dip and is the best match with fresh vegetable sticks like cucumber, carrot, and celery.
Lastly, for those of you who are curious about the ingredients in this Tarako Furikake, here is the list. According to that, the Marumiya Tarako Furikake is made mainly with cod roe, Panko breadcrumb, milk sugar, salt, parched sesame seeds, processed soybeans, sugar, shortening, nori seaweed, mackerel shavings, palm oil, seafood extract, krill extract, starch, hen’s egg, soy sauce, dextrin, seaweed calcium, reduced starch syrup, yeast extract, starch syrup, high fructose corn syrup, mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), and bonito extract.