Strange Snacks of the World: Dried Wild Fish
The colorful and cheap vegetables stands of Brighton Beach Avenue also provide displays of snacks, many unfamiliar to Americans. One such is called "Dried Wild Fish," on a package that is headlined in Russian cyrillic type. The package shows two dancing figures--they may be identical twins--with pigtails and wearing costumes that make them look like Eskimos.
Through the cellophane, one can discern short whole fish of the anchovy variety. Some unseen hand has accomplished their decapitation. The fish are pleasingly salty and crunchy, and not a little fishy. Nevertheless, they are entirely scrumptious.
While this snack, which is made in China to be distributed in Russia, may seem repulsive to some, the list of ingredients on the back of the pouch is refreshingly short: fish, salt. Compare it with the list of ingredients on a bag of, say, Cheetos. Just the thing to slip into your kids' lunchbox.