Imitation crab, also known as kani or surimi, is a type of fish cake made by processing white fish with seasonings and a small amount of binder such as tapioca starch. Crab sticks are used in a variety of different preparations such as sushi, soup, and even salads. Interestingly enough, imitation crab has surpassed actual crab in popularity due to their rich crab flavor, intense umami, and extreme convenience. Each crab stick is fully cooked and ready-to-eat straight out of the package cold or hot. Shredded crab sticks mixed with mayonnaise, sriracha, and a dash of sesame oil is a popular preparation.