Fourth Course at Ching-i’s Frutti de Mare Dinner
A Maine urchin.
A California urchin.
How to open a sea urchin for uni.
Opening the California urchin.
Scoop out the roe with a spoon.
Wash and remove innards, rinse.
Remove black stuff.
Soak in a bowl, drain and return to shell.
For the occassion, a 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from a Sonoma trip in 2006.
California uni (urchin roe) have a deeper, richer flavor.
But no complaints on the Maine uni, a cool, unique taste that is full of ocean life.