How to Make Kamaboko Checkered Pattern (Ichimatsu 市松)

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  • Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Ichimatsu 4

    Making a checkered pattern with kamaboko fish cake is super easy and quick.  All you need is both pink and white kamaboko fish cakes. There is no fancy skill necessary! These checkered pattern kamaboko, otherwise known as Ichimatsu 市松 in Japanese, make a beautiful addition to your Osechi Ryori. 

    Watch How to Make Kamaboko Checkered Pattern

    Two Japanese fish cakes (Kamaboko), seven beautiful designs! Make ordinary fish cake into decorative designs on this Oshogatu (Japanese New Year)!


    Step 1: Remove kamaboko from the wooden board.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting Prep 1

    Step 2: Slice off the uneven edge on both ends.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting Prep 2

    Step 3: Cut white and red-skin kamaboko into roughly 1/3-inch (0.8-mm) slices.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Ichimatsu 2

    Step 4: Cut the kamaboko slices in halves.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Ichimatsu 3

    Step 5: Swap one of the red and white pieces to create a checkered pattern.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Ichimatsu 4

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    To learn about other beautiful designs of kamaboko (Japanese fish cake), click here.

    7 kinds of Decorative Kamaboko (Fish Cake) on a Japanese lacquer plate.

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