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
- 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
- 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
- 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)