Kamaboko is a popular way to eat pureed fish in Japan. They are just like fish cakes, fish jelly (though that may sound a little gross). They have a rubbery texture and the taste of fish can be very appetizing. Its history can go back to the 1000AD, when they were treated as luxury items (seafood was a luxury item in general) - thus are included in Osechi for New Years.
There are different ways you can eat this: Raw, steamed, grilled, baked....I ate mine raw this morning w/ some Japanese mayo, rice, miso soup and some entree. Mmmm!
In Japan, they can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner as a super mini side dish (more like serving pickles).
Give it a try when you visit a Japanese supermarket next time!
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