My younger daughter Erin, is crazy for sushi-specifically all you can eat sushi which is quite common here in Las Vegas. She is tiny but I always joke and tell everyone that she can eat her weight in sushi!
Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eel, which is not to be confused with anago which is saltwater eel. Now you know!
Unagi is common in Japanese cuisine and can be served in several ways-grilled over a rice bowl or what is known as a donburi dish.
Unagi is also commonly used in sushi. Erin does not eat unagi but loves the unagi sauce which is sweet, and is sometimes served on the side as a dip for the specialty sushi rolls.
Unagi is so popular in Japan that it has it’s own special day when unagi is celebrated and consumed. It is called Doyo-no-ushinohi day and occurs in the summer sometime between mid-July and the early part of August.
Here is a recipe for making your own unagi donburi dish which looks quite easy and delicious. Itadakimasu or Bon Appetit!