Chikuwa with Mentaiko and Mayonnaise

Chikuwa with Mentaiko and Mayonnaise

Here's a side dish that your children will definitely crave for more!
Because it's so easy, I usually make lots..

Ingredients: 1 to 2 servings

Mentaiko (salt-cured spicy cod or pollack roe)
1 piece
1/2 tablespoon
Aluminum foil cups
2 (or 3)


1. Slice the chikuwa in half lengthwise, then in half crosswise. Combine the chopped mentaiko and mayonnaise (use aluminum foil cups to reduce dirty dishes).
2. Place 2 each into the foil cups. Fill the crevice of the chikuwa with the "mentai-mayo" mixture from step 1.
3. Top with cheese and bake for roughly 5 minutes in a oven.
4. It's ready to eat when the cheese is melting and slightly browned. Pack into bentos after they cool.
5. When I have leftover mentai-mayo, I toss it with frozen french fries that I usually break apart with my hands, which are baked in the oven.

Story Behind this Recipe

When I was having coffee with friends who are also moms, we started talking about food for bentos.
That's when I came up with this recipe.
My son loves mentaiko, so I usually pack all sorts of mentai-mayo food in his bento.