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!
Other well-known surimi-based products are kamaboko and satsuma-age.
[Photo of Chikuwa from Wikipedia]