Ayu zohsui (rice porridge with sweetfish)

"Ayu zohsui" (rice porridge with sweetfish) served as the last dish in a sweetfish course menu, a summer specialty, used to be a way of eating unmarketable, damaged sweetfish. The unique flavor of sweetfish and lightly cooked porridge can enhance one's appetite in the hot summer season.

Read the recipe

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Iwasa, a cormorant fisherman's house
Ikejiri, Seki City

Address74 Ikejiri, Seki City[Map
Phone Number0575-22-1862
Opening Hour11:30~14:00(LO.12:30)/16:30~21:00(LO.18:30)
HolidayIrregular holidays
Parking Capacity15 cars
Access Approx. 3 minutes by car from Tokai-Kanjo Expressway "Seki-Hiromi IC"
Served only on reservation as the last dish of our sweetfish course menu
Our zohsui (rice porridge) prepared with broth from natural ayu caught in the clean Nagara River is a dish with 50 years of history from the previous shop master. It is served as a rice dish in a course menu (reservation required). Many customers declare it the best zohsui they have ever tried.
Service periodFrom early May to late October
Please call us to confirm and make a reservation.
<Messages from the Staff> Taste the natural sweetfish of Nagara River as certified by Globally Important Agricultural Heritage.

Itadori River Horado Kanko Yana
Horado, Seki City

Address1712 Horado-Kosaka, Seki City[Map
Phone Number0581-58-2217
Opening Hour10:00~18:00(April to June, September and October /LO.17:00)
10:00~19:00(July and August /LO.18:00)
11:00~15:00(November /LO.14:00)
HolidayDecember to March
Parking Capacity300 cars
Access Approx. 20 minutes by car from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway "Mino IC"
Soup-based ayu zohsui (rice porridge with sweetfish) can be enjoyed in an excellent natural environment
Located by the side of Itadori River, a renowned clean tributary of the Nagara River. Soup-based ayu zohsui (rice porridge with sweetfish) is our recommendation from the many ayu dishes we offer, which can be enjoyed in the excellent natural environment. This is a favorite of many customers which can be ordered as s single dish.
Service periodFrom April to November
Please call us to confirm.
<Messages from the Staff> Enjoy our sweetfish dishes to the full by the Itadori River side in the rich nature of Horado.
Ayu zohsui (rice porridge with sweetfish) recipe
Cooking time : about 20 minutes
Ingredients :

(serves 4)

・1 bowl (approx. 240g) of cooked rice

・1 packet of grated dried bonito

・2 medium-sized sweetfish

・1 5cm-square sheet of kelp

・Scallion for garnish

・Yuzu peel for garnish

・1 1/2 teaspoons salt

・1 teaspoon soy sauce


①Gut the sweetfish and grill them unsalted.

②Wash the cooked rice in running water to remove the slimy texture.

③Prepare 8 cups of stock with the kelp and grated dried bonito, season it with salt and bring it to the boil.

④Add the sweetfish and rice and bring it to the boil for a moment. Season it with soy sauce and turn off the heat.

⑤Julienne the scallion and Yuzu peel. Also, rinse the julienned scallion in water, according to taste.

⑥Flake the sweetfish meat, garnish with the rinsed scallion and julienned yuzu peel to complete the dish.

Cooking tips

・This dish is perfect for summer when you have lost your appetite, as well as chilly seasons. It is also a great way to use up cold left-over rice.