This black thing is Nori no tsukudani (海苔の佃煮）that is seaweed jam simmered with soysauce, sugar, sake and mirin(sweet cooking wine). Have you ever had it?
I made it at the school event of my son. My son is now learning about the industries in our own town, and this event is related with that. My town, Akashi city is located beside the inland sea, and famous for nori(seaweed) products.
It’s not difficult to make nori jam from scratch at all. You tear nori sheets into pieces and damp in water a while. Then put them into boiling liquid ingredients and simmer gently in low heat until it becomes like jam.
Use nori sheet NOT seasoned! You can find two kinds of nori sheets in a store. One is seasoned called ‘Ajitsuke nori (味つけのり) , the other one is called as ‘Yaki nori’ (焼きのり）or ‘Ita nori’ （板のり）those are not seasoned. You have to use ‘yaki nori’ for nori jam. Here is the ingredients for it. You can try!
*Yaki nori 5 sheets
*saysauce(Koi-kuchi) two tablespoons
*sugar one tablespoon
*sake one table poon
*mirin one tablespoon
If you want to taste it at first, you can find these bottles of jam in the store.
In the sea in front of my town, there are many aquafarming nets for nori. Nori is cultivated, harvested and made up in sheets. Do you know how they harvest nori? They use the special ship for it that is called ‘moguri-sen/もぐり船 like this.
Moguri means to sink. Literally, the ship goes through under the farming net and cuts seaweed. Then seaweed is made up into sheet shape and used for sushi, onigiri or whatever. I also found the blog about nori-farming in our town. It’s in Japanese only but you can understand well about making nori by its photos. (I can’t put the direct link. I don’t know why. Please copy and paste the URL and Jump, please) http://www.dashi.biz/index.php?取材日記
This movie is about nori making tour in Saga prefecture to introduce people how to make nori.