Chuuka Kurage (Shiro) is a popular Japanese delicacy, especially as otsumami (snack or appetizer). Ours come straight from Japan, and are ready to eat. Chuuka Kurage is made with thinly sliced jellyfish, prepared using traditional Japanese flavorings and methods. This marinated jellyfish is seasoned with cooked sesame seeds and chopped chili. It has a unique but great texture—slightly chewy with a bite. On the palate, it is sweet, sour, with a nice kick of spice.
Chuuka Kurage is usually enjoyed as otsumami, or as a snack/appetizer, eaten on its own. But it can also be used as a side dish for bentos, used in porridge, in onigiri, or on sushi gunkan. Pair it with beer or sake.
Jellyfish are primarily made up of water and consist of a floating mouth and a digestive system. They have no brains, hearts, bones, nor eyeballs, and have a smooth, bag-like body with tentacles that are loaded with small stinging cells. These remarkable invertebrates shock and/or paralyze their food with their stinging tentacles before devouring them Their mouths are located in the middle of its body.
The Chuuka Kurage will arrive to you frozen. Keep frozen, and thaw only when about to serve. Once thawed, keep chilled, and consume within 7 days.