Hitsumabushi is a broiled eel bowl, in which chopped eel fillets cooked over charcoal with Teriyaki (soy) flavored sauce and served on rice. If you do not know what an eel is... maybe you should not know it just in case you might lose your appetite. I love this eel bowl and how to eat... you can enjoy this meal in 3 ways!
Today, I ordered a regular bowl, which was JPY3,150. It comes with soup and pickles.
First, just eat the broiled eel with rice only. The word "Hitsu" of Hitsumabushi means a wooden container for rice. Take some eel and rice and put in a rice bowl served together. The fillet is crispy outside and soft inside. "Mabushi" means sprinkling or mixing, Hitsumabushi is chopped eel sprinkled on rice in a wooden container.
Second, add some green onion and wasabi, and mix them in the bowl. Enjoy the flavor of them mixed together. I like this way to eat the best!
Third, put some green onion, wasabi, and toasted laver all together, and pour some soup in the bottle. Now the taste is milder and good for cold season.