Dried Capelin with Roe
“Komochi Shishamo” is a popular menu in Izakaya restaurant, which is casual place for after-work drinking.
These are softly dried “Karafuto Shishamo” capelin (Mallotus villosus), which are different from “Shishamo” Shishamo smelt (Spirinchus lanceolatus).
The shishamo smelt swims upstream the river to spawn, but the capelin dose not run up the river.
Generally distributed in the supermarket, the shishamo smelt is from Hokkaido and the capelin is from Russia.
is a Shishamo smelt, Spirinchus lanceolatus. 柳葉魚（ししゃも） literally “willow leaf fish”
is a capelin, Mallotus villosus. 樺太柳葉魚（からふとししゃも） literally “Sakhalin willow leaf fish”
is a dried female Shishamo eith roe. 子持ち柳葉魚（こもちししゃも） literally “willow leaf fish wit roe”