Cheese Chikuwa : Traditional Japanese Fish Cake filled with Cheese
Mild processed cheese is often used in Japanese snacks.
When it comes to modern Japanese snacks with cheese, Calbee Pizza Potato Chips (Amazon.com) is one of my favorite snack foods, while when I think of classic ones, what come to mind are these 3 cheese snacks I introduced before. All of them go perfectly with beer and other alcoholic drinks.
Like these snacks, the finger foods and nibbles eaten with alcoholic drinks are generally called “Otsumami (おつまみ)” in Japan.
By the way, the other day I bought a cheese snack well-known as an Otsumami at a 7 eleven convenience store near my house, which is a fusion of mild processed cheese and a traditional Japanese food.
Cheese Chikuwa (チーズちくわ)
What I purchased this time is this “Cheese Chikuwa (チーズちくわ)”. As you might already know, “Chikuwa (ちくわ)” is a traditional Japanese food with several hundred years of history characterized by its tube shape.
Specifically, Chikuwa is a fish cake consisting primarily of fish flesh such as walleye pollock, sea bream, flying fish or Atka mackerel, salt, sugar, starch, and egg white.
Chikuwa is a tube-shaped fish cake with a hole in the center part, and sometimes its hole is filled with some food to impart another texture and flavor to the fish cake.
For example, cucumber is a typical food used for filling in the hole of Chikuwa. Chikuwa has a firm chewy texture and is not fishy, easy-to-eat fish cake. In contrast, cucumber is fresh and crisp in taste and texture. We Japanese usually eat the food combo dipping in soy sauce.
Let’s get back on track. Like the combination of Chikuwa and cucumber, as the name indicates, the hole of Cheese Chikuwa is filled with mild processed cheese.
I love this food combo. In fact, since Cheese Chikuwa has a rich flavor of cheese that stimulates the appetite, the Japanese fish cake goes perfectly with beer.
The processed cheese filling is creamy and satisfying. It is made with a mild cheddar cheese.
As with Cheese Kamaboko, Cheese Chikuwa is delicious and really addictive. Cheese Chikuwa is available at many convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan as the fish cake is widely enjoyed as an Otsumami snack.