Cut into the chikuwa vertically, and open it up, score a lattice pattern in the inside.
Add the sauce to a frying pan, add in the chikuwa, and turn on the heat.
Cook the inside of the chikuwa first. It is hard to cook because it curls up, but pressing down on it with a pair of cooking chopsticks will flatten it out.
Flip it over, and cook the other side. You do not need to cook the chikuwa through, so it is done one it is soaked in the sauce.
This is after seasoning. But this is what the inside of the chikuwa should look like.
I had chikuwa was near its expiration date, so I seasoned it and stuck it in the freezer. I do this in 2 stages. It will not stick together if you place a cooking sheet in between.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to use up leftover sauce, so I thought of this. It is a cheap meal, but it is delicious. It is convenient when making lunch for one.
-You don't have to cut a lattice pattern into the inside of the chikuwa, but it is easier to cook if you do, and the flavor soaks in better. -I was thinking about the appearance when I made this, but I think you can cut it into rings, or anything you want. -It is okay to freeze this, so it is a good way to use up chikuwa that has gone past its expiration date.