As their company name implies, Ichimasa Kamaboko Co., Ltd. is famous for making kamaboko 蒲鉾, a kind of cake made with deboned and pureed fish and other flavorings. Although traditional kamaboko steams the fish puree into often semi-circular loaves, kamaboko can be used to describe a broader range of surimi products, including kanikama or crab sticks like this:

Recently, Ichimasa has been releasing unusual variants of their popular "Salad Stick" line of crab stick kamaboko such as "Setouchi Lemon flavor" and even a blue ramune flavored version.

Ichimasa "Salad Stick - Aromatic Black Truffle Flavor"

Now, for their fifth experiment, they've created an all-black version flavored with black truffles. Although it may look like they used an astonishing amount of truffles to get the black color, the color comes from bamboo charcoal powder, while the aromatic black truffle flavor comes from truffle oil.

Perfect for the Halloween season to add interest to your seafood pasta dishes, potatoes or macaroni au gratin, or even canapé hors-d'oeuvres, this limited-edition truffle "Salad Stick" adds a touch of sophistication to any meal.

Product information

  • Name (JP): サラダスティック黒トリュフ風味
  • Translation: Salad Stick Black Truffle Flavor
  • Price: 179 JPY + tax
  • Weight: 70 g
  • Ingredients: Fish meat, starch, soy protein, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, dried egg whites, aromatic oil (vegetable oil, truffle oil), processed starch, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), calcium carbonate, coloring (charcoal powder), flavoring
  • Allergen information: Egg, wheat, shrimp, crab, soybean
  • Nutritional information (per 70 g package): Energy 70 kcal, protein 6.1 g, fat 1.1 g, carbohydrates 9 g, table salt equiv. 1.3 g, calcium 364 mg
  • On sale from: October 17th, 2020 for a limited time
  • Available at supermarkets and other food stores nationwide
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By - Ben K.