Ingredients, dishes and drinks from Japan by Ad Blankestijn

Friday, April 13, 2012


Bamboo leaf-shaped kamaboko笹かまぼこ。

Cake made of fish paste and shaped as a bamboo leaf. A local product of Sendai. Developed in 1935 by the Abe Kamaboko shop in Sendai, based on the emblem of the Date clan that had ruled Sendai from 1600 to 1871. This emblem consisted of bamboo leaves with sparrows, and the bamboo leaf shape was used to form the kamaboko.


The fish paste is shaped before grilling with the use of a wooden or iron form.

Kamaboko is an important industry in Miyagi Prefecture thanks to the presence of three major fishing ports: Kesennuma, Ishinomaki and Shiogama (all hit hard by the 2011 tsunami).

Sasakamoboko is eaten as a snack, for example with sake or beer.