>Kani Miso

>Kani Miso. Kani=Crab and Miso=brain. But actually these are not crab brains. I often wondered how the hell you managed to get so much brain from a little crab. The answer is, of course, you can’t. Apparently (and not surprisingly) crab brains are quite small. Kani Miso appears to be anything within a crab which is not good wholesome white crab meat. That apart, I love the stuff. I can consume vast quantities of that dark, deep sea tasting, mush and often do, given the opportunity. I gained the nick name kani-miso in my old band here because of my passion for it.

Had an odd experience the other day though. Had lobster-miso which I’ve never seen before (even Akemi couldn’t remember seeing it before). It’s similar to kani-miso but has a less full taste. As a lot of people find kani-miso a little powerful this might be a thing to look for if you’re after something a little more delicate.

There’s one other good thing about kani-miso (well, it has a positive aspect). You can buy it in cans which means my mother in law will sometimes ship some back to me. Kani-misi and a pint of english beer. Heaven.

7 Comments

  • 1
    Roger Lancefield
    May 11, 2008 - 10:42 am | Permalink

    >Sigh. Yes, there’s a lot of Japanese food I miss. I used to thoroughly enjoy the typical and relatively humble Shizuoka region domestic breakfast, which generally consisted of the de rigueur bowl of rice, some baked fish (often salmon, if memory serves), pickles, miso soup, a small, neat stack of nori sheets on its own mini plate, and there was another ingredient I think, which escapes me now.

    It was filling without leaving you feeling bloated, the ingredients complemented each other perfectly, it tasted great and was thoroughly nutritious, setting you up nicely for the day. If it lacked anything, it was fibre and roughage, but that apart, fantastic stuff.

  • 2
    Ian J Cottee
    May 12, 2008 - 2:26 am | Permalink

    >Yay – Roger. My first commenter on the new blog.

    I don’t tend to miss Japanese breakfast as having married Akemi we have it a lot of the time (although I’m more of an egg rather than salmon chap with it).

    I had some squid guts last night for the first time. They were another step up on the kani-miso scale.

    Come on man – get yourself over here. How long has it been now?

  • 3
    Joe Lobster
    August 19, 2010 - 3:55 am | Permalink

    >I didn't know that miso = brains. Then what exactly is miso soup, the soup that they serve you at every Jap meal?

  • 4
    veterinarian clinic
    November 19, 2010 - 6:32 am | Permalink

    >I didnt know tha the term Miso means brain. I love japanese food especially the Sushi!

  • 5
    Slim Fast Diet
    January 31, 2011 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    >japanesse food is considered amazing but only for ppl who can tolerate eating things like sushi 🙂

  • 6
    Neil
    March 24, 2013 - 12:35 am | Permalink

    In keeping with the tradition of a new comment every year or two, I’ll add that Kanimiso is sometimes called ‘Crab Butter’ by the euphemistically-inclined.

    In Japan, in restaurants that had an English version of their menu available, I’ve seen it described as ‘crab guts’, ‘crab innards’, ‘crab brains’, and ‘crab offal’.

    I’ve never eaten it.

    I enjoyed the traditional Japanese breakfast for a few years but I gradually tired of the relentless saltiness. I’m still oversalted… the thought of Nori sheets in the morning is like nails on a blackboard.

    Now my breakfast is more likely to be a bowl of fresh fruit salad, some yoghurt, and a boiled egg.

  • 7
    Tomiko
    March 27, 2014 - 3:16 am | Permalink

    Just to clarify, “miso” isn’t brain in Japanese. “Nō” means brain. They just call is kani miso because it looks like miso…the femme red bean paste used as a base in miso soup. 🙂 That being said, it’s delicious and everyone should have it at least once in their life!

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