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What is chikuwa?

Chikuwa is a traditional Japanese food shaped like a 12cm tube. It is about 2.5cm in diameter and characterized by its center hole. If it is not about a 12cm-tube with a center hole, then it is not Yamasa chikuwa.

It is always best to check that you have the real thing. If you don't, then you may not be eating authentic traditional Japanese food.

Chikuwa is made from ground fish meat seasoned, wrapped around a bamboo spit and cooked. After cooking, the spit is removed and the hole left open. Nowadays, the bamboo spit has been replaced by metal and the chikuwa are rotated by machine as they cook. The cooked chikuwa are cooled, wrapped and shipped. Chikuwa are usually not eaten fresh cooked, rather they are better when served chilled.

How do you eat chikuwa?

YAMASA CHIKUWA CO.Chikuwa is often eaten as a snack with beer or Japanese sake dipped in soy sauce with no additional preparation. Chikuwa taste best when eaten this way.

Also, chikuwa goes very well with cheese or cucumbers. The chikuwa are cut at an angle and eaten with cheese or cucumber stuffed in the hole. They are just like canape's. Feel free to try your own recipes using chikuwa. You'll be surprised by all the different possibilities. Chikuwa really does go well with any kind of food.

In addition to being a tasty snack, chikuwa makes a regular appearance on the Japanese dinner table. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, chikuwa makes a delicious side dish for any meal. But of course you don't want to overdo it, chikuwa is usually not eaten three times a day. It varies by location, but in Toyohashi, families serve chikuwa one or two times a week.

Chikuwa will keep in a refrigerator for about a week and can be eaten with no preparation. However for a couple of days after this time,chikuwa is still delicious when stewed in soy sauce and broth.


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