Ingredient Name: Crab stick, fake crab meat, imitation crab meat, imitation crab

Traditional Chinese Name: 魚漿 (yú jiāng)

What is this?

  • A finely processed seafood made from fish that tastes and looks like crab leg meat
  • It is usually made from Alaska Pollock with crab flavoring and red coloring to give it the color it has
  • They are made cooked and can be eaten cold and from the package
  • They are soft, slightly chewy and stringy in texture
  • Crab sticks are often used in salads, hot pots, sushi, and various other Asian dishes

How do I prepare it?

  • Remove from package
  • Rinse in warm water
  • Use directly as is

Where can I buy this?

  • Most supermarkets will carry this product (even Western ones)

What is the cost

  • Imitation crab is very affordable
  • On average a package of 10-12 sticks (about 454 g) cost around $20 HKD

Any benefits?

  • It is lower in cholesterol than real crab, easier to buy and always in season
  • Imitation crab is already pre-cooked, so it is great for quick boil soups to give it extra flavoring and texture

Any precautions?

  • Eat in moderation as it is a processed food
  • Imitation crab meat contains a lot of carbohydrates (which contribute to blood sugar fluctuation)
  • The meat also contains MSG or flavor enhancers, so consume in moderation

Additional Information

  • You can store fresh, packaged crab meat in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • Best to use before the expiry date (as it is usually labeled on the package)