Frozen deep-sea fish vending machines debut at a Japanese inn

Vending machines selling goose fish dish sets are seen at the Shiosai no Yado Akatsukien inn in Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture, on October 26, 2022. (Mainichi/Takahiro Tauchi)

KITAIBARAKI, Ibaraki – Vending machines selling goose fish dishes – a specialty of this eastern Japanese coastal town – have debuted at an inn famous for its deep-sea fish dishes.

Kitaibaraki is known for its monkfish, also called monkfish, and the city’s Shiosai no Yado Akatsukien inn was named the first onsen hot spring inn offering “lodging plans with monkfish food” in a survey conducted by the great hotel booking site Rakuten. Travel. Guests apparently asked for the goose fish dishes to be a culinary souvenir, but the hostel had to refuse because it was difficult to install a large freezer to store extra food to take home.

Over the past few years, the hostel has seen tourist numbers plummet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inn chef Yasumasa Niida and others hatched plans to supplement the dwindling sales and decided to set up vending machines to sell frozen chicken fish dishes.

A goosefish hot pot cooked with negi leeks, hakusai cabbage, shiitake mushrooms and other vegetables is seen in Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Oct. 26, 2022. (Mainichi/Takahiro Tauchi)

“We can supply meals if we use a vending machine. We want to install the machines in different places in the future and spread delicious goose fish dishes all over the country,” Niida commented. The Kitaibaraki municipal government said vending machines selling goose fish dishes were a national first.

The inn’s two new machines sell dishes such as “dobu jiru” goose stew which uses no added water but is cooked only with “ankimo” goose liver water and vegetables, as well as goose fondue cooked in a bonito broth. Goose fish meat, ankimo paste and soup are all in one set, and when prepared with vegetables of their choice, using a recipe provided with the set, customers can make an authentic goose fish fondue or stew at home.

Dishes available include a dobu jiru stew set serving one to two people priced at 3,500 yen (about $24), a goose hotpot set for 2,500 yen ($17), and a goose paste set. ankimo and ankimo marinated in olive oil for 3,000 yen ($20). ).

(Japanese original by Takahiro Tauchi, Hitachi Local Bureau)

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