Kani is simply immitation crab sticks, a delicious and unique ingredient that unfortunately has not yet been imported to Israel. They are made from real fish and are sweet with a slightly spongy texture that becomes addictive. You can find Kani Salad on every Japanese menu and it basically consists of shredded Kani dressed in some sort of mayonnaise based dressing. This is my version based on one I tasted by my mother-in law. The horseradish gives it great zing as does the mustard and the sesame oil adds great depth of flavor. The toasted sesame seeds are not necessary but they look pretty and add great flavor as well- just beware of the price- I paid almost 8 dollars for a little jar of black sesame seeds! The salad is also great made in advance and my husband commented that it tasted better the next day. I served it as an appetizer for Shabbat lunch and it was a delicious and welcome change to Gefilte fish. Enjoy!
1 package Kani (imitation crab sticks), shredded
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1-2 tsp white horseradish (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbl lemon juice
2 tsp sesame oil
salt and pepper
toasted white and black sesame seeds for garnish and great taste
Mix the mayonnaise, horseradish, mustard, lemon juice and sesame oil in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the shredded Kani, mix well and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.