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Chikuwa is a fish paste applied around a stick which is cooked or steamed. In Aichi prefecture, a product from Toyohashi is famous. The founder family of “Yamasa” shop is a long-established shop with 170-year-old history. Their original business was wholesaler of fish opened near Yoshidajuku or a post town called Yoshida, along former Tokai Highway, and they started to make chikuwa which was sold as specialty for pilgrims who visited Konpira, or a famous shrine in Shikoku. Even now they meticulously choose traditional ingredients such as guchi(drum fish), eso(lizardfish), or hamo(pike eel), and cook those fish and make a fish paste in a factory. The production volume amounts to approximately 200,000 pieces per day. Recently, there are dozens of variations such as a piece made from sea bream, and products with scallop, or sea urchin. In and out of Aichi, you can find many shops where chikuwa baking demonstration sales are available.
Chikuwa, Cooked Fish Paste