Bruce Rioja wrote:
I could deffo scoff a full one of them. Love crab meat. A bloke used to fetch something that he called crabsticks round to the pub along with prawns, cockles and other such. I used to berate him for bringing his crabsticks round in fiddly little cellophane wraps rather than them being the size and shape of a Rugby ball.
them crabsticks arent made from crab
indeed - see above!
Crab sticks (imitation crab meat, seafood sticks, krab) are a form of kamaboko, a processed seafood made of finely pulverized white fish flesh (surimi), shaped and cured to resemble crab leg meat.
Crab flakes use the same mixture to form flakes instead of sticks to resemble crab meat or lobster meat.
Sugiyo Co., Ltd. (スギヨ Sugiyo?) of Japan first produced and patented crab sticks in 1973, as Kanikama. In 1976, The Berelson Company of San Francisco, CA USA, working with Sugiyo, introduced them internationally. This is still their common name in Japan, but internationally they are marketed under names including Krab Sticks, Ocean Sticks, Sea Legs and Imitation Crab Sticks. Legal restrictions now prevent them from being marketed as "Crab Sticks" in many places, as they usually do not have crab meat.
Alaska pollock from the North Pacific is commonly the main ingredient, often mixed with egg white (albumen) or other binding ingredient, such as the enzyme transglutaminase. Crab flavouring is added (either artificial or crab-derived), and a layer of red food colouring is applied to the outside.