Narutomaki or Naruto

Narutomaki or Japanese cured fish “stick”

Ingredient Name:  Narutomaki, Naruto (which is the name of a Japanese anime!)

Traditional Chinese Name: 鳴門巻き/なると巻き (narutomaki)

What is this?

  • The name “Naruto” is actually an Anime
  • Narutomaki – the maki is meant as a long roll or something in a cylindrical form – ie: “maki” sushi rolls
  • A steamed Japanese fish “stick” or “cake”, similar to the Chinese fish balls
  • It’s normally sold as one long, white stick in a flower shaped, with a pink swirl in the middle
  • The taste is slightly salty and fishy, but not a bad way. It’s actually quite delicious!

How do I prepare it?

  • They are edible when bought frozen or cold
  • You can quickly boil to make warm before adding directly on top of noodles, soup or other dishes

Where can I buy this?

  • Most Asian supermarkets will carry this
  • The frozen section of the wet marts in HK will also carry this (or the “fish ball vendors”)
  • Japanese supermarkets will definitely carry this such as Jusco, AEON and Apita

What is the cost?

  • In Hong Kong, 1 length cost between $12-15 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Ready-to-eat and slice directly from the freeze or fridge
  • They are great for kids because of the decorative look
  • Low in fat

Any precautions?

  • These products normally contain MSG and should be consumed in moderation
  • From my personal opinion, they are high in sodium (salt / NaCl)


Narutomaki in it’s pre-cut form being sliced