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Hanpen Cheese (Fish Cake with Cheese) #fishcake #japaneserecipe #cheese #appetizer #appetizerrecipe #hanpen | The Missing Lokness

Hanpen Cheese (Fish Cake with Cheese)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword fish cake with cheese, hanpen cheese, japanese fish cake, japanese fish cake with cheese
Servings 2 people
Author Lokness


  • 1 package hanpen (Japanese fish cake) (120 grams)
  • 2 slices Kraft Singles American Cheese
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)


  • Take the cheese slices and cut them in half diagonally.
  • Cut the hanpen in half diagonally. With a sharp knife, carefully cut a slit into the long edge of the triangle to form a pocket. Fit two slices of cheese into the pocket. Repeat with the other half of hanpen.
  • In a small pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the stuffed hanpen. Sear until golden brown on one side. Add the garlic and stir around. Turn the hanpen over and sear the other side until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve immediately.


  1. You can find hanpen in Japanese supermarkets in the fridge section. I got mine from Mitsuwa Marketplace.
  2. Hanpen is already cooked, so all you want to do is heat through and give it a nice seared.
  3. If you do not want the cheese, you can just sear the hanpen with garlic. It is still very delicious. 
  4. If you want to eat fried hanpen cheese in Los Angeles, go to Furaibo