日本での一年間

April 3, 2011

Eating Basashi (Horse Sashimi)

Filed under: Cuisine, Food — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 11:54 pm

Basashi (馬刺し) is a horse sashimi dish (sashimi of course referring to raw meat). Basashi was fairly high up on a list of things I thought I’d never eat. But after watching my friend try some and getting his feedback (“hey, not bad”), I figured that it would be worthwhile to try it once. Plus, they were having a basashi sale at my local conveyor belt sushi joint (210 yen for two pieces).  How can you go wrong with cheap raw horse for dinner? I’ve already had various types of fish sashimi and when I was in South Korea, I tried raw beef (delicious!). But horse was a first for me. They definitely aren’t kosher because horse don’t chew their cud or have split feet. That’s like double not kosher.

Horse sashimi is a delicacy in parts of Japan. In my region, it is not particularly common and usually is not served at my local sushi shop. (Another reason I jumped on the chance to eat it. Limited time only!) Due to the pink color, it is often referred to as cherry blossom meat (桜肉). I assume that the local sushi place decided that it was fitting to serve cherry blossom meat during cherry blossom season. Horse meat to said to be low in calories, low in fat, low in cholesterol, and high in protein compare to beef, pork, and poultry. So, if nothing else, horse meat is probably a healthy choice, it seems.

basashi

That horse is definitely raw.

basashi

My friend came with and we both tried the horse together.

My thoughts: Some parts were soft and some were too chewy. The flavor was ok though. I think I would have liked it more if I didn’t know it was horse. I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that I was eating horse.

What my friend said: it was interesting, but I was disappointed. Maybe it would be better at a shop that specializes in horse meat and serves good quality stuff. But it wasn’t the kind of delicious food that I would go out of my way to seek out.

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6 Comments »

  1. brava to you for being such an adventurous eater, Susannah! Can’t wait to read about your next adventures, culinary and otherwise. Hugs, Adrienne

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — April 4, 2011 @ 2:15 am

  2. I absolutely refused to try it when I was in Japan (my sister is a huge horse lover/rider and I couldn’t bear to do it)

    It’s a fact that horses were never bred to make good meat or taste good (unlike beef and pork), so I would guess that that’s why they taste only so-so. There’s really no such thing as a meat horse.

    The French really like eating “carne de cheval,” as they call it… but the French like to eat a lot of weird stuff (like sparrows).

    Comment by reccaphoenix — April 4, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  3. Actually I heard that cows are actually more intelligent than horses. I mean, horses are basically just fast cows (and cows are cuter!). I love the pretty deep pink and translucent color (or is it just that you like to take food porn grade photos). 😀 I wanna visit you and eat raw horse meat with you. At a place that specializes in it of course. :9 I wanna eat all the yummy meat Japan has to offer (even frogs hearts and dancing sushi)!

    Comment by Miss. Juliana — March 25, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    • Do they have frog hearts here?? I’ve never heard of that!

      Comment by myyearinjapan — March 28, 2012 @ 12:41 am

  4. Icelandic horses are a dual-purpose breed for meat and riding/pack-animals. The least friendly and the least robust were not bred from and were eaten, as are any which develop anti-social habits.

    Now, the ones which are bred from are among the most intelligent and hardy of any horse breed and they taste good too…

    Comment by Josteyn Ward — February 8, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

  5. I have eaten horse sashimi in Southern Japan and I found it delicious and my friends family always served it to me when ever I visited their home. I have also eaten horse steak in europe but I much prefer the meat raw with soy/ginger dip as in Japan. I am an American from Maine.

    Comment by Gordon — March 3, 2013 @ 4:43 am


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