Recently I have noticed that fish sausage is very Japanese stuff. Is this true? An American friend of mine didn't know what it was when he first saw it. It is very similar to kamaboko. Both are made from fish meat paste. I love to eat fish sausage, and today I found a fan site. You can see many kinds of fish sausage fish sausage (yes, they are usually packed in an orange tube and also recipes. We can use it the same as ham.
I love fish sausage. Actually, it is a very easy way to add fish to a balanced diet. In older days though, our image of fish sausage was not good. Maybe people thought it was a kind of fake meat. Some ate it instead of real meat because fish sausage was cheaper than beef or pork. Then in the 70s, because of the cyclamate issue, fish sausage had difficulty surviving. But now we don't have such a bad image of it. Actually, we think it would be healthier than meat sausage since it appeals to health concerns with its rich DHA and low fat.
There are not only sausage and Kamaboko, but Hanpen, Chikuwa, Satumaage, Tumire, Naturo etc., too. We have many fish meat balls and cakes. Yes, winter foods like Oden are full of fish meat cakes. (Great Oden info!)
By the way, I found this aritcle, "Strawberry milk fish sausage," in English Google. I thought is was a joke or something, but it was true. orz... I am sorry. And I don't know why, but this healthy fish sausage has weired TV ads which look kind of gay. orz...