Boil water in a small sauce pan. (If the chikuwa is fresh, you can skip this step.)
Meanwhile, slice the chikuwa into half lengthwise. (Oops, the slices in this picture are not so good...)
Blanch the chikuwa for about 20 seconds. The taste will disappear if you boil for too long.
Mix two blocks of cream cheese and wasabi well. If you don’t mix it evenly, you won't know which parts of the dish are hot or not!
The stuffing in this picture is also not the best, but don’t worry! Just eat as soon as possible and nobody will realize!
Story Behind this Recipe
I was looking for a potential lunch box dish in the fridge and found chikuwa. I tried this with wasabi and it turned into quite an adult taste!
Depending on the amount of wasabi you use, this recipe will change from a lunch box or appetizer to a game of wasabi roulette. So please be careful when you mix the wasabi! Add it little by little as you taste. I tried different combinations such as cream cheese & gochujang and mustard. But the wasabi combination is the best.