The words ika no shiokara (いかの塩辛; Japanese for "salty-spicy squid"), or simply shiokara 塩辛, bely the true foulness of this substance -- and I speak as someone who actively enjoys eating, among other things, raw horse meat and rotten eggs. Perhaps the recipe will say more than a thousand yucks:

Shiokara is most often employed as a sushi topping, or eaten as is to accompany beer or sake. Most Japanese people loathe the stuff.

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