What is Smelt Roe?
Smelt roe is the eggs of the capelin variety of smelt, called masago in Japanese cuisine. It is pale orange or yellow in color, although it is usually colored to appear black, red, or green. The eggs are very small, and have a crunchy texture, with a mild smoky or salty taste. Masago is commonly used as a sushi ingredient, usually as a garnish.
What does Smelt Roe Taste Like?
...Salty is one of the five main tastes. It has a satisfying and addictive quality with hints of sourness. Salty foods include cheeses, cured meats, chips, and olives. It is used in almost every dish and prepared food. Salt is added to enhance flavor and offer a distinctly salty taste.
...Umami is one of five main tastes. It is savory with a depth of flavor. Umami is a taste in many foods, including meat, seafood, beans, and nuts. It is both naturally occurring and created through the specific use of ingredients to create a satisfying taste. Umami is characteristic of proteins and savory dishes.