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Aug 7, 2014 11:13 AM

What is this? And where can I buy it / how can I make it?

A friend was gifted this addictive, delicious snack by a Korean student. It is obviously dried fish, but they are tossed in some sweet & sticky stuff.

Perhaps this can be purchased at the Asian market, or maybe one can make it at home.


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  1. Huh. Guess one can't add a picture to a regular discussion post anymore? Should I have used the photo story function?

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    1. re: linguafood

      You *can* still add photos to a Discussion post, either in the original posting or on edit. Sounds like you're having a problem that should be reported.

    2. Here's the freaking photo. JFC.

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      1. re: linguafood

        I first had these at a friends house when I was 7 or 8 and I loved them. You can buy bags of dried anchovies at most Korean markets.

        1. re: MVNYC

          They are like the Korean fishy equivalent of kettle corn :-)

          Thanks for the links, MVNYC. These look like you'd need chopsticks or something to eat them, not like snack food. Do you let the dish cool and then eat at room temp? Or could you?

          The batch I had was on the dryish (if sticky) side, and one could just kinda pop 'em in yo mouf like that.

          Ok, a small napkin came in handy later.....

          1. re: linguafood

            I eat them with my fingers. I don't always make them with sugar. I do a version with just rice vinegar and sesame oil. Good beer snack.

            I'm sure people with more experience cooking Korean food can weigh in.

            You eat these at room temperature.

            I'm sure my friends mother must have gotten a chuckle at a young blonde haired white boy loved these things so much.

            1. re: MVNYC

              Thanks, I will definitely give them a shot. I don't need them to be very sweet, anyway, even tho I dig the flavor contrast.

              Perfect snack for beer indeed! Now, if only I could get my man into this stuff. He thinks I'm crazy (and finds the fishies positively revolting -- more for meeeeeeeee!).

        2. re: linguafood

          I see packets of those sold as snacks at all the asian groceries in nyc- korean and chinese, most have sesame seeds too

        3. Yes you can purchase it, yes you can purchase unseasoned, then prepare your own sauce

          Japanese call the dried fish niboshi

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          1. re: Alan408

            Oooh, niboshi!! Excellent! Do you have a recipe for the sauce? I really, seriously love this stuff.

          2. We buy some Anchovy Snacks at our local Vietnamese Market. Unlike the Korean Banchan ones, these are fairly dry to the touch, slightly sweet, salty and spicy. they come in a couple of different seasoning but the original are our favorite. Made in Thailand

            1. One of the local Korean restaurants served something like this as part of their banchan. It's sweet and salty with a bit of chili heat. I like to eat them with small bites of rice. I've found them already prepared at Korean markets, usually beside the little tiny seasoned crabs.