to A Taste of the Tohoku where you can expand your repertoire of regional dishes. This page offers you a different (and simplified) version of the KELP ROLLS that appeared in my e-original book, KIBŌ.
The Tohoku classic rendition of kobu maki uses migaki nishin, a cured-and-dried herring that continues to play an important role in the region’s cuisine. Migaki nishin, however, is not readily available outside Japan so in KIBŌ I offered two different kinds of kelp rolls:
Salmon-Stuffed and Temple-Style (vegetarian).

On this page, I offer a no-filling version (pictured above). Serve
kobu maki as appetizers – that is how they are most often enjoyed --- with celebratory saké. Or, serve several clustered together as a side dish at dinnertime.
Dōzo, meshi agaré (Eat up!)

A Taste of the Tohoku

Throughout Japan, kobu maki (kelp rolls) are part of celebratory menus. An auspicious play on the word for kelp – KOBU – and being happy – YORO KOBU – translates into delicious fare especially when paired with the word maki that means to be “wound, encased or enveloped in.”

kobu maki

Eating slightly sweet, soy-stewed kelp rolls ensures you will be “enveloped in happiness!”


Salmon-Stuffed Kelp Rolls    Temple-Style Kelp Rolls

Shaké no Kobu Maki  &   Shōjin Kobu Maki



SALMON (top) and NISHIN herring (bottom)
are abundant in the Tohoku
appearing in many dishes such as these kelp rolls.
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