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Food Chikuwa 竹輪

Chikuwa (竹輪) is a Japanese term for a cylindrical roll of boiled or grilled fish paste, literally 'bamboo ring' from the method traditionally used to mould it.

It is made from fish surimi (擂り身), salt, sugar, starch, monosodium glutamate and egg white. After mixing them well, they are wrapped around a bamboo or metal stick and steamed or broiled. The word chikuwa ("bamboo ring") comes from the shape when it is sliced. Variants of surimi products such as kamaboko and satsuma-age are popular. In Tottori, per-household consumption has been the highest of all prefectures for the past thirty years. As it is cheap and a relatively low-fat source of protein, chikuwa is a popular snack. Chikuwa should not be confused with chikuwabu (ちくわぶ), an altogether different food product used in oden.

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