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Chinmi (珍味?) is a Japanese term meaning literally "rare taste", but more appropriately "delicacy". They are local cuisines that have fallen out of popularity or those cuisines that are peculiar to a certain area. Many involve pickled seafood. The three best known chinmi of Japan are salt-pickled sea urchin roe (uni), salt-pickled mullet roe (karasumi) and pickled sea cucumber innards (konowata).
List of chinmi
- Ikanankotsu - Cooked soft bones of squid
- Kankai - Dried Komai fish. It may be eaten as is, or broiled and eaten with a sauce made by mixing mayonnaise and soy sauce and sprinkles of red pepper powder.
- Saketoba - A smoked salmon
- Awabi no Kimo - Ground internal organs of abalone
- Donpiko - The heart of a salmon. As only one can be taken from a fish, it is very rare.
- Hoya - sea pineapple
- Momijizuke - Shreds of fresh salmons and Ikura pickled together
- Tonburi - A speciality of Akita prefecture. The dried seeds of the hosagi plant.
- Ankimo - Either fresh or steamed liver of an Anko fish
- Kusaya - Dried and pickled fish of Izu islands
- Fugu no Ranso no Nukazuke - detoxed blowfish ovary in rice-bran
- Ika no Maruboshi
- Inago no Tsukudani
- Ganzuke (Saga)
- Karashi Mentaiko (Fukuoka)
- Karashi Renkon (Kumamoto)
- Karasumi (Nagasaki)
- Okyuto (Fukuoka)
- Umibudo - A type of edible seaweed with tiny seeds that hangs from its stems