Foreign Grocery Friday: Hokkaido's 'Cheese Fish Sausage'
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Let's say you're walking down an aisle in a Japanese grocery store, and you spotlikely in the snack aisle with the chips and stuffunrefrigerated cheese. But waitit's not just any cheeseit's labelled as "Cheese Fish Sausage." Well, which of those three things is it then? All of them! This little treat is packaged like sausage, but made up of a mix of cheese and fish.
The Taste: For a while even we were a bit hesitant to open a tube and bite in, but we're happy to report that the flavor hasn't turned us off at all. It's more cheesy, less fishy and all in all the flavor can be compared to that of a mild white cheddar cheese stick...with a super little bit of fishy aftertaste. They do sell these in a spicy version, and we wish we'd bought that to try, now that the plain option is mildly appealing.
The Price: The size of Hokkaido Cheese Fish Sausages varies, so therefore does the price. The small we purchased above, which about as long as your pointer finger, come in a bag that costs around 350 ¥, or a little over $4. For cheaper, larger versions that come in packs of 3-4, expect to pay a little less, maybe $3.50.
Where to Find It: We found variations of Cheese Fish Sausage in all major Japanese supermarkets, as well as in the snack aisles of convenience stores like AM/PM, FamilyMart and Lawson.