Karei 101 Sashimi

The spring fish changes and hirame is replaced by karei. Righteye flounders are caught in large quantities in seas off Chiba, Ibaraki, Tottori, Shimane and Oita Prefectures. Karei resemble hirame, another type of flatfish: https://mesubim.com/2016/01/27/hirame-shiromi-t/

The best way to tell them apart is not so much that hirame have the eyes on the left side, as some flounders also do, but these flounder type usually have a very small mouth.

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There are several varieties: ma-garei (littlemouth flounder the most common among the 11 species found in Japan, taken on the Hokkaido and Japan Sea coast, mako-garei, marbled flounder also very common, taken from southern Hokkaido to southern Japan, ishi-garei stone flounder; found in seas around Japan, can get as long as 70cm, and meita-garei, ridged-eye flounder found in seas south of Hokkaido, have a ridge between the eyes, and baba-garei is a slime flounder found in seas near central Japan and farther north.

 

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