Kin no Almond Fish Snack Served in Japan’s School Lunch
When I was an elementary school student, I used to look forward to a small packaged fish snack sometimes served in school lunch.
Since in recent years the treat that brings back memories of my childhood can also be bought in supermarkets and drugstores, the other day I picked it up for the first time in a while.
Kin no Almond Fish
What I bought this time is the pictured Japanese snack called “Kin no Almond Fish (金のアーモンドフィッシュ)”. In its name, “Kin no (金の)” means “golden” in Japanese, so the upper part of the packaging is colored with gold.
The package contains 10 small packs and each contains a mix of small pieces of blanched roasted almonds and dried young anchovies. Although one pack contains only a small amount (8 grams), the fish snack enables eaters to easily take quite a little calcium and protein.
As you can see in the photo above, Kin no Almond Fish is a simple old-fashioned snack, but the dried anchovy is moderately sweet, packed with natural umami, while the roasted almond is pleasantly crunchy and savory. The overall snack tastes pretty good and could make myself as a kid happy.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the classic Japanese snack Kin no Almond Fish consists of almond (harvested in the U.S.), Japanese anchovy, sugar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, starch decomposition product, salt, trehalose, and seasonings (including amino acids).
Based on the nutrition facts label, the Kin no Almond Fish snack has 41 kcal per one pack (8 grams) and contains
- carbohydrate 1.9 g
- calcium 65 mg
- protein 2.9 g
- sodium chloride equivalent 0.15 g
- phosphorus 28 mg
- fat 2.5 g
- potassium 47 mg
- iron 0.5mg