Fish Bone Crackers


骨煎餅(ほねせんべい/hone senbei)

Look! Look! They have fish bone crackers on the menu at this izakaya! I love fish bone crackers!

What? Oh, haha, don’t you mean “fish bone” crackers?

Uh, no. That would be fish bone “crackers.”

Eww, does that mean what I think it means?

Yeah, they’re made from real fish bones. Little fishie spines, little fishie ribs,  little fishie tails, little fishie fins, all deep-fried to crispy perfection with seasoning salt. Try one!

You mean…there’s no meat. No meat at all. Just…bones.

Yeah. They’re crunchy! Better than potato chips. Try one!

No. Uh-uh. No way.

TRY ONE. See? They’re great, aren’t they? Hey! Hey stop that! Get your own order! Those are mine!

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