What’s your first thought when you see this?
Yep, your an #Uniporn addict and you didn’t even know it.
And that’s ok, because it’s actually good for you!
If you’re counting calories, uni only has about half as many calories as eel, mackerel, yellowtail, tuna, salmon, sardines, and octopus! Seriously.
Plus, it has zero carbs, is super rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and is a healthy source of protein, zinc AND calcium. Um…#winning.
— Lee Anne Wong (@leeannewong) February 2, 2016
What is uni, exactly?
If you don’t know what uni is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Uni is the Japanese word for sea urchin, or more specifically, a sea urchin’s gonads. While it was once relegated to sushi counters, it’s now appearing on buttery sandwiches and on top of pasta in some of the country’s trendiest restaurants.
It has a very rich flavor that has been described as tasting like the ocean but not tasting fishy, and it’s known for its creamy texture. Exotic and excessively praised by foodies, food critics and chefs alike, uni enjoys an almost untouchable status on the food scene. But is its cool factor warranted?
It feels almost blasphemous to even question uni, let alone admit to disliking it.
At first sight, uni is pretty gross.
It kind of looks like cow tongue. Maybe you’re into cow tongue. We can’t say we are. Either way, uni isn’t winning any beauty pageants, and it can be unsightly enough to turn people off forever. What is perhaps more off-putting than the sight of uni is the texture — at least to some people. While some people swoon for its creamy, custard-like consistency, others think an ocean-tasting custard is vile.
The unique texture might appeal to haters, however, if they try good, fresh uni. Brian Colgate, president and operations director of Santa Barbara Fish Market, Inc., which distributes seafood to wholesale suppliers and chefs, told Yahoo Food that uni should never look “mushy or slimy.” It should appear firm and dry, which means it’s retaining moisture correctly.
Like most foods, uni is best, and more likely to please skeptics, when it is fresh and prepared correctly.
Why is uni so expensive?
As you can probably imagine, uni isn’t exactly easy to raise or harvest, and each sea urchin itself only contains 5 edible pieces – and super fragile pieces at that. Plus, if not eaten as fresh as possible, the quality takes a serious nose dive.
And of course, depending on where you are, the uni may be imported from a number of different corners of the world which, of course, comes at an additional cost. Just believe me when I say it is SO worth it.
Yasss! #uniporn #truffleporn
How is uni prepared? What are different ways to eat it?
…the possibilities are ENDLESS. In the last few years, uni has gone from being a popular delicacy in Japan only to a common ingredient seen on menus in all corners of the world. From Mexican to Chinese, Italian to French, chefs know the demand is there and have been responding accordingly.
Uni & Eggs might be your new favorite breakfast.
when they surf-n-turf, this is what I want.