- Written by Dan
What Does Melting Velvet Taste Like?
By Colton Powell
Before going to Tokyo almost everyone who has ever been told me we had to visit the Tsukiji Fish Market.
The market is the one of the largest wholesale fish and seafood markets in the world-officials claim close to 20 percent of the world's total fish catch comes in and out of here. It is also home to an early morning fresh tuna auction, where you can see giant tuna sold off to buyers from all over the city.
Given that the auction starts at the crack of dawn and only allows a limited number of visitors, we opted to head to the inner market once it opened to the public...at a more reasonable time of 8:00 a.m.
We headed down on the metro and arrived just before opening, after a briefing at the main entrance. There we were given a map and warned not to interfere with the business of the market and to stay out of the way of vendors and buyers alike.
The most impressive part of the market is the tuna. Some stalls housed full-size fish that had been bought at the morning's auction which were the size of a small couch. Throughout the market giant slabs sit ready to be filleted or sold in large sections. The tuna is cut frozen either with a bandsaw or with a long knife that looks like a large sword.
After seeing so much seafood, hunger took over so we headed to the sushi restaurants just on the outside of the market. Here there are long lines waiting to taste the seafood right from the market. We found a small place and had the freshest sashimi I have ever eaten. It was like velvet melting in your mouth-just incredible.