Hanpen(半片?) is a white, square, triangle or round shaped surimi product with a soft, mild taste. It is believed to have been invented during the Edo period in Japan by a chef, Hanpei(半平?) of Suruga, and the dish is named after him. Another theory suggests that because it is triangle shaped and appears to have been cut in half from a square, it is a half (半,han?) piece (片,pen?). It can be eaten as an ingredient in oden or soup. It can also be fried or broiled.