Surume Ika – I enjoyed the dried squid with No.1 Japanese beer this night
It is getting hotter day by day in Japan.The season for beer has come!
Actually I drank chilled beer this night along with Japanese finger foods.Generally, we Japanese call the finger foods and nibbles eaten along with alcoholic drinks ‘Otsumami’.
Speaking of Otsumami, or unique Japanese finger foods, what comes to you mind?
It seems Edamame (boiled green soybeans) is becoming popular in the world.Although roasted and salted Edamame without shell is popular in the United States, we Japanese usually have boiled and salted green soybeans with shell, and we enjoy only beans without eating the shell.
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Edamame is a standard Otsumami to us Japanese.As a matter of fact, many Japanese would think that Edamame is one of the best matches for beer.
We boil frozen Edamame in a pot of salted water and serve them in a plate.Before eating, we sprinkle salt over the green soybeans with shell and enjoy only beans.
Surume Ika with the No.1 Japanese beer
By the way I enjoyed chilled beer along with a traditional Japanese dried squid snack, Surume Ika (スルメイカ), this night.
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Surume Ika is widely known as a traditional dried food in Asia including Japan.The snack food is made drying the squid whose internal organs are removed as unneeded things after the body is cut open, so the dried food has a whole shape of squid.
How to eat Surume Ika
Have you ever eaten Surume Ika?For those who don’t know about the Japanese snack food, let me introduce the basic way to eat the Japanese dried squid.
We usually broil the dried and unseasoned squid, Surume Ika, for some minutes in the oven.
After the dried squids are heated in the oven, they are curled up nicely.
Serve the broiled Surume Ika on a plate and tear the squid into strips with hands.
Prepare dipping sauce.I like the sauce made mixing mayonnaise with soy sauce and Shichimi Togarashi (or Ichimi Togarashi).
Dip a strip of Surume Ika in the sauce and enjoy it with chilled beer!
The beer in the above photo is the No.1 Japanese beer that has the largest share in the Japan’s beer market.The name of the beer is ‘Asahi Super Dry’.
If you have a chance, let’s try out Surume Ika along with chilled beer.The Japanese dried squid is a must-try Otsumami.