Fried Fish Paste

Satsuma-age is fish cake fried in oil, giving it a rich golden brown colour on the outside. It originates in the area around Kagoshima on the southern island of Kyushu, which was historically known as the Satsuma region. Sometimes the fish paste is mixed with vegetables such as gobo (burdock root), squid or boiled egg before frying. Usually round or semi-circular in shape, with a thickness of around 1-2 cm, Satsuma-age is a popular addition to o-den, or hot udon noodles in soup.