Miyako Kombu: Nakano’s Classic Kelp Seaweed Snack
Seaweed is an indispensable part of Japanese cuisine, and in fact, it is often used in Japanese soup dishes and vegetable salads.
Especially, Wakame and Kombu are the edible seaweeds familiar to us Japanese, and as you know, the edible kelp Kombu is typically used to make soup stock or Dashi.
Not only that, but in Japan, snacks made with Kombu can be seen, among which, what I introduce here, Nakano Miyako Kombu has been a long-time favorite of Japanese people.
Nakano Miyako Kombu
The “Miyako Kombu (都こんぶ)” kelp seaweed snack was introduced by “Nakano Bussan (中野物産)” in 1931 long before I was born.
Many of us Japanese can instantly recognize the product from the red box with a classical design that has not changed since I was a kid.
The package contains 15 thin sheets or so of vinegared kelp seaweed snacks, which are wrapped in a translucent plastic wrapper.
As you can see in the picture, the Kombu sheet is coated with white flavoring particles, which is dubbed “Magical powder”
because in addition to being somewhat vinegary, it has plenty of umami close to sweetness, which makes the entire snack addictive.
In fact, when you put the seaweed sheet in your mouth, the magical powder dissolves quickly and you get pleasantly sour-sweet, lots of umami taste.
Unlike the seaweed snack Oshaburi Kombu, the Miyako Kombu vinegared kelp has a soft, tender texture, so you can easily tear it up.
Nakano Miyako Kombu is one of Japan’s most loved seaweed snacks, so if you are interested in Japanese treats, it is definitely a must-try item for you.
Ingredients and Calories
Lastly, let’s see the ingredient list on the side of the box. Based on that, the kelp seaweed snack Nakano Miyako Kombu is made of kombu from Hokkaido, flavored mainly with brewed vinegar, bonito extract, fermented seasoning, and sweeteners.
By the way, the calories per bag (15 grams) are 26 kcal, and the snack contains 0.5 g of salt equivalents in total.