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Photo of the Day – Dried Japanese Shrimp – Ameya Yokocho Market – Tokyo, JapanTwo years ago I was in Tokyo celebrating the winter holidays with my family. The night before Christmas the whole family ventured off to a bustling market off of the Yamanote line called Ameya Yokocho to do a little shopping.
Our mission at the market was to buy the best food possible for Christmas dinner with our extended family the next day. Back home in the states this would have us searching for a big ham, mashed potatoes, eggnog and apple pie. Things were a bit different in Tokyo, we were on the lookout for Uni (Sea Urchin), Raw Tuna (for sashimi of course) and these dried shrimp that you see in the picture.
You might wonder what we used the dried shrimp for. Turns out they make an excellent addition to any salad, providing a delicious salty taste similar to a sardine but much milder.
How many shrimp do you think are sitting on the tray in the picture?