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Rarewhale meat barbecue restaurant in Osaka spreads food culture

大阪罕见的鲸鱼肉烧烤餐厅传播食物文化

时间:2017年4月17日



Osaka - A rare restaurant serving whale meat barbecue has recently opened inOsaka, stressing low-calorie, low-fat food, amid dwindling domestic consumptionof whale meat under international whaling regulations.

大阪-因国际捕鲸规定导致国内鲸鱼肉消费减少的情况下,最近在大阪有一家罕有提供鲸鱼肉烧烤的餐馆开业了,并强调鲸鱼肉的低卡路里、低脂肪。

The restaurant Kujiraya -- literally a whale meat store -- opened in front of abusy railroad station, introduces various ways to eat whale, including raw"sashimi" and one-pot meals, while providing rare parts of whalessuch as tongue.

Kujiraya餐馆—字面意思是鲸鱼肉商店—开设在一个繁忙的火车站前面,并介绍了多种食用鲸鱼肉的方法,包括“sashimi”生鱼片和锅饭,同时也提供如鲸鱼舌头等不常见的鲸鱼部位的肉。

Whale meat was once a common dish including for school lunch menus in Japan buthas disappeared from the dinner table as domestic consumption of whale meatshrank to several thousand tons a year from around 200,000 tons in 1960s asconsumers opted for cheaper imported meats.

鲸鱼肉原本是一道常见的食材,也出现在为学校午餐的菜单中。但现在,因为顾客选择了更为便宜的进口肉,国内鲸鱼肉的消费从每年200000吨减少至每年几千吨,逐渐从餐桌上消失了。

"It was a nostalgic taste I used to enjoyat home and at my school lunch in my childhood," said a male customer inhis 60s.

“那是一种怀旧的味道,我童年时经常在家里和学校的午餐中享受这种美食。”一位60多岁的男顾客说。

"Its taste and chewiness differ depending on the cut of meat. I think it'sgood for my skin too," said a female customer in her 40s.

“不同部位的肉咀嚼度也不同。我觉得食用鲸鱼肉对我的皮肤也有好处。”一位40多岁的女顾客说。

Many supermarkets and department stores in Japan are seen hesitant aboutdealing in whale meat amid long-standing debate on whaling in the internationalcommunity.

由于国际社会对于捕鲸的长期争议,关于出售鲸鱼肉日本很多超市和百货公司看起来有些犹豫。

According to Syuhari Co, the operator of the restaurant, it hasbecome difficult to suggest to restaurants various ways to eat whale meat asthe number of wholesalers has decreased.

据Syuhari公司—餐馆的经营者所说,由于批发商数量的减少,建议餐馆用不同的方式食用鲸鱼肉已经变得困难起来。

"We would like to protect our food culture by directly sending outinformation on real deliciousness (of whale meat)," said Shigeru Fujimoto,sales manager of Syuhari, which also processes whalemeat products.

“我们想通过直接传播关于真正美味(鲸鱼肉)的信息来保护我们的饮食文化。” Syuhari公司的销售经理ShigeruFujimoto说。Syuhari公司同时也加工鲸鱼肉产品。

The company plans to open a second whale meat barbecue restaurant by the end ofthe year.

这家公司打算在今年年底张开第二家鲸鱼肉烧烤店。