Surume : How to Cook the Japanese Dried Whole Squid
It is getting hotter day by day here in Japan. The season for beer has come! and this night I actually enjoyed chilled beer together with Japanese finger foods.
Have you ever heard that we Japanese generally call the finger foods and nibbles eaten as accompaniments for alcoholic drinks “Otsumami (おつまみ)“? and when you think of such Japanese snack foods, what comes to mind?
It seems that the green soybeans, Edamame is fairly well recognized in some countries. Although roasted salted Edamame without shell is popular in the United States, we usually have boiled salted ones with shell and only enjoy the beans without eating the outside.
When it comes to the preparation, we usually boil frozen Edamame in salted water, and then serve them on a plate. Before eating, we typically sprinkle salt over the green soybeans.
Edamame is a standard Otsumami snack to us Japanese. In fact, many people living in Japan will think that the boiled salted green soybean is the best match with icy beer.
By the way, I enjoyed a canned beer with a traditional Japanese dried squid snack called “Surume (スルメ)” this night. Surume is a processed whole squid widely eaten in many Asian countries including Japan.
The Asian snack food is made by cutting open the body of squid, removing the internal organs, and then drying the whole squid.
In Japan, Surume are made of squids such as “Yari Ika (ヤリイカ: spear squid)”, “Kensaki Ika (ケンサキイカ : swordtip squid)”, and “Surume Ika (スルメイカ : Japanese flying squid), and are also called “Atarime (アタリメ)“.
How to Cook and Eat the Dried Whole Squid Snack
Have you ever eaten the Japanese dried whole squid snack? For those who are interested in Surume but know very little about it, this time let me explain the basic way to cook and eat the dried whole squid.
We usually toast unseasoned dried Surume whole squid for some minutes in the toaster.
The dried squid is nicely curled up while being heated in the toaster. Then, take out the cooked squid and transfer to a large plate.
Tear the toasted whole squid into thin strips with hands.
Dip a thin strip of Surume into the savory sauce and enjoy with chilled beer!
(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia スルメ )