Mizuka and I went to Daiichi, my favorite restaurant to eat Japanese snapping turtle, or suppon. I've written about Daiichi before here. So I'll focus on photos for this entry...

Here is a 176K MPEG movie of the boiling stew...

Mizuka posing in front of Daiichi.
The first thing you see when you enter your room at Daiichi is a Daichi cloth covering your place setting.
Removing the cloth, you find a sparse setting for your meal.
The meal begins with a small portion of stewed, chilled suppon served with a little bit of chilled soup and some sliced ginger. Yum.
The stew arrives. The Stew is in clay pots, some over a century old. The pots are heated with coal to an extremely high temperature and are delivered on wooden boxes. The pots are so hot that the stew continues to boil through the serving without any additional heat.
Here's what the stewed suppon looks when it arrives in MY bowl.
Another very important part of the experience is the hot sake in the suppon soup. This really tastes amazing. Nothing like it on earth.
The suppon bones look kind of strange and I try not to figure out which bones come from which parts of the turtle.
You must finish the soup... Then comes another serving of stew.
Next comes the pickles. They're good too, but you have to sort of sit there and stare at them until the zosui comes which you're supposed to eat the pickles with.
Then comes to zosui. It is another clay pot with rice in boiling suppon broth. An egg or two are broken over the bubbling zosui and stirred.
Then the zosui ends up in your bowl. (Sorry Dr. Atkins!)
As you near the end of the zosui the zosui gets crispy and brown where it sticks to the pot... That's called okoge and tastes REALLY good.

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dribble... that looks delicious. Off to the local Japanese restaurant for me and my family tomorrow now... Although the food will be nothing like your description, it is a good place to go...

Hi Joi,

do you happen to know any good Japanese restaurant in Paris that would go beyong the sushi/sashimi/maki/teriyaki quartet, which is obviously the least common denominator of the Japanese cuisine?

Thanks,
François.

Hi Joi,

do you happen to know any good Japanese restaurant in Paris that would go beyong the sushi/sashimi/maki/teriyaki quartet, which is obviously the least common denominator of the Japanese cuisine?

Thanks,
François.

oups, sorry for the double post :(

Some trivia for the gaijins haunting Joi's Cyberspace foodie abode:

Notice the circlular logo on the cloth covering the utensils on picture #2 ?
The "suppon" snapping turtle is also called "maru" in Kyoto. Now, "maru" in japanese means "circle", hence the brush-stroked circular logo.
Depending on the context, thus, "maru-nabe" might mean either "a round pot" or "suppon stewed in a pot".

being such a gaijin mv, I'm also terribly easily impressed by such information... more please!?

As my wife is Japanese she cook this dish once in a while and I always love it. W get to Japan 4-5 times a year she and I always go to our favorite hideaway restraunts and bars. I was craving Udon last night and as we sit here in Hawaii nothing can match my favorite Udon shop. Which strangely enough is in Okinawa. If you ever get down there drop me a line and I will let you in on the best kept secret in Japan.

how can you evil people eat a lovely suppon?

they are cute, dont eat them you nasty bastards.

japanese people do not have enough respect for these and other animals - learn some respect.

Do you know how old the tradition of eating Suppon Maki is? I heard 450 years...Is that true?

Mizuka-san is a beautiful lady =D

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i just recieved a horrific email that highlighted that you people are actually eating dead babies. that is just absolutely disgusting and inhumaune. these dishes look just as nasty and i think it is terrible what you do to cats and dogs. this is just sick.

Hi Joi.

A long time no see. I was just lookng for some info for my DJ friend who wants to eat some exoitc Japanese food and I hit your blog. Funny how small the world is. Please stop by my father restaurant sometimes...

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you eat snapping turtle i ashamed i have a pet snappy
turtle and if i told him you eat his friends he would bit your head of!!!!!!!!):

Thank for the pictures. I find it funny that people especially stupid americans have no problem eating cows, chickens and pigs that are feed thier own waste, full of drugs and kept in tiny pens with thier bodies mutilated and then they get pissed about someone eating turtles.

when I travel to Japan I plan on having this dish and I have nothing but respect for the animals I eat. Though I never eat meat in the USA because of how horrible it is for both people and how horrible the animals are treated.

Do you know how cruel it is to kill a turtle just to satisfy the tongues. Just imagine the fear and pain this little creature suffer under the knife. I can't bring myself to eat it no matter how nutritious or "tasty" it may be. Of cos it goes the same for any other animal like cows, pigs, goats...

Not quite the same as cows... turtles die by having their shells sliced off while they are still alive, then beheaded. Apart from sharks being finned, it's the most brutal death. I've seen pigs and chickens killed, but it was nothing compared to the horrific way turtles are killed. It amazes me that people do it as a daily routine.

I think all the people that have said eating suppon or snapping turtles is horrible and nasty should 1) try it before they open their big mouths and 2) get over it because it doesn't matter how horrible you think killing snapping turtles is, it's going to happen regardless of your moral standing or personal opinion. By the way, suppon has been a part of Japanese Cuisine for hundreds of years and it's not like you don't pay a pretty penny for this kind of food anyway.

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