Ingredients, dishes and drinks from Japan by Ad Blankestijn

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Tube-shaped, broiled fish cake. "Chikuwa." 竹輪

Ingredients are surimi, salt, sugar, starch and egg white. These are made into a paste, wrapped around a metal rod and broiled. Chikuwa, "bamboo ring," refers to the shape it has after slicing into smaller rings.

Chikuwa is eaten as follows:
  • As a side dish during lunch or dinner
  • As a snack. In that case the hollow center may also be stuffed with cheese, cucumber or other ingredients. It is delicious with beer or sake!
Chikuwa is a cheap and low-fat source of protein.

Other well-known surimi-based products are kamaboko and satsuma-age.

[Photo of Chikuwa from Wikipedia]