Jakoten is basically smushed up fish that is then deep fried. It has a strange grey colour and doesn't really look like it should taste in any way good, because when does grey food ever taste good? If you can get past its appearance (because it's what's inside that counts) you'll find a delicious tasty snack. I always eat it as it is, but I've been told it's good with udon noodles. It's pretty popular in these here parts because it gets mentioned in Soseki's "Botchan", a 19th Century novel based in Matsuyama. The main character buys his jakoten from the station, so that's the most famous shop, but you can find it anywhere. I once watched the fish being smushed by a professional fish smusher, and it kind of put me off jakoten for a while. But as long as you stay away from the actual smushing process, you'll be fine.
|As Jakoten isn't very photogenic, I took a picture of the bag it came in, just to improve it's media image a little.|
|I told you it wasn't very photogenic.|
So, which one do you think you would eat?