Nakano Miyako Kombu : A Classic Japanese Kelp Seaweed Snack
Japanese home cooks often make vegetable salads and soup dishes with edible seaweed. In fact, seaweed is one of the crucial foods in Japanese cuisine and is typically used in Miso soup and so on.
Especially, Wakame and Kombu are edible seaweed most commonly used in Japan, and speaking of Kombu, we often use the edible kelp seaweed to take “Dashi (出汁)” soup stock.
Besides, some snack foods made with Kombu are widely enjoyed in Japan. Among those, there is a classic seaweed snack loved by many Japanese.
Nakano Miyako Kombu
The kelp seaweed snack I want to introduce this time is this “Nakano Miyako Kombu (中野 都こんぶ)” (Amazon.com). The original product of this Miyako Kombu was released by “Nakano Bussan (中野物産)” in 1931 long before I was born.
I think the red package with a classical design has not been changed since I was a kid.
This product contains 15 sheets or so of Kombu snacks, which are wrapped in a translucent plastic bag.
As for the ingredient, this seaweed snack is made from Kombu seaweed produced in Hokkaido and is flavored mainly with brewed vinegar, bonito extract, fermented seasoning, and sweeteners.
As you can see from the above photo, the kelp seaweed snack is coated with lots of white flavoring powder. The white coating on the surface is dubbed “Magical powder”, which is slightly vinegary has plenty of umami like sweetness.
Unlike Oshaburi Kombu snacks, this vinegared kelp seaweed is soft in texture so you can tear it up easily.
When you put the snack in the mouth, the magical powder dissolves quickly and you get a slightly sour sweetness that comes from the magical white powder.
I think eating seaweed snacks is unique to Japan, so if you have a chance to visit Japan, it may be a good idea to buy Nakano Miyako Kombu as a souvenir.
The kelp seaweed snack is available at many supermarkets in Japan and even on some online shopping sites like Amazon.
|Nakano Miyako Kombu Vinegared Kelp Snack|