Nakano Miyako Kombu : A Classic Sour-Sweet Japanese Seaweed Snack

We Japanese often use seaweed as an ingredient for salads and soup dishes, including miso soup and ramen noodle soup, so it could be said that seaweed is one of crucial foods to us Japanese.

Especially, Wakame and Kombu are edible seaweed commonly used in Japan. Speaking of Kombu, or Kelp, we often use the seaweed to take soup stock as you may already know. Besides, there are some seaweed snacks made with Kombu that are widely enjoyed in Japan.

When Japanese people think of such snacks, that reminds many of us of a classic, sour-sweet Japanese seaweed snack.

Nakano Miyako Kombu : A Classic Sour-Sweet Japanese Seaweed Snack

The seaweed snack that has been loved by adults and children alike in Japan for decades is Nakano Miyako Kombu, which is a classic Japanese kelp seaweed snack.

I think the red package with a classic design has not been changed since I was small. Actually, the original product of Miyako Kombu was released in 1931 long before I was born.

The product contains 15 sheets or so of Kombu snacks wrapped in a translucent plastic bag.

When I check the ingredient of this kelp seaweed snack, I see the snack is made with Kombu seaweed picked in Hokkaido and is flavored mainly with brewed vinegar, bonito extract, fermented seasoning, and sweetener. Now let’s take the snack out from the plastic bag.

As you can see from the above photo, the kelp seaweed snack is coated with plenty of flavoring powder. The white powder on the surface is called “Magical powder”, which is slightly vinegary with umami like sweetness.

The vinegared kelp is soft in texture so I can tear it up easily. When I put the snack in my mouth, the magical powder dissolves quickly and I can enjoy a slightly sour-sweet taste that comes from the white powdery coating.

To eat seaweed snacks is probably 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.

Nakano Miyako Kombu Vinegared Kelp


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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