Japanese puzzle-like cutting technique

Grandma’s Recipes on youtube are a series of visually delightful and interesting stories focusing on elderly Japanese women and the dishes close to their heart. In one of the videos, there’s a cutting technique that no matter how high or low I search, can not seem to find its particular name. I’m somewhat familiar with most cutting styles, but in the 12-second snippet above, Grandma slices off a chunky block of fishcake and cuts it deftly into 2 polyangular pieces.

The result immediately reminded me of those wooden “genius” puzzles, the kind where you fit all the pieces together to form a single shape. I’ve always thought the puzzles were pretty cool so of course I had to play with my veggies to see if I could achieve what Grandma effortlessly did, even if it took a lot of twists, turns and setting the pieces down.

2 thoughts on “Japanese puzzle-like cutting technique

    1. Rowena Post author

      I know! As soon as I saw it, the rest of the day was ‘gone’ with me cutting cuke after cuke in an attempt to achieve that look. Thanks for the ‘kazari kirikata (decorative cutting)’ message though. I want to make that fishcake/omelette and practice some more.

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