Lemon Ikaten: Hiroshima’s Addicting Squid Crackers
As you may know, “Otsumami (おつまみ)” is the Japanese word for finger foods and nibbles eaten with alcoholic drinks.
In addition to these treats, there is one more Otsumami snack that shouldn’t be forgotten, which is called “Ikaten (イカ天)”.
What is Ikaten?
The name Ikaten is a compound word composed of 2 words, “Ika (イカ)” meaning “squid” or “cuttlefish” in Japanese, and “ten (天)”, short for “Tempura (天ぷら)“.
It is a classic Japanese snack that has been a long-time favorite Otsumami in Japan.
Hiroshima Prefecture is a large producer of Ikaten, where the squid fries are commonly used in “Hiroshimayaki (広島焼き)” or the Hiroshima-style “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)” pancake.
Setouchi Lemon Ikaten from Maruka Foods
When it comes to products, a snack from Hiroshima named “Setouchi Lemon Ikaten (瀬戸内レモン イカ天)” became a topic of conversation a few years ago.
The product was released by the Hiroshima-based food company “Maruka Foods (まるか食品)” in 2013 and immediately became a big hit.
In fact, it is said that the maker sold a million of them in one year after it went on the market.
Incidentally, Setouchi Lemon is a variety of lemon Hiroshima boasts whose cultivation was introduced in the Setouchi region in 1898.
The unique combination of the prefecture’s two specialties, Ikaten and Setouchi lemon, made this snack an addictive popular Otsumami loved throughout the country.
Featuring a pleasant crispy bite and a refreshing taste from Setouchi Lemon, these fries are lightly salted, savory, but not oily at all.
This Ikaten has a smaller size than other ones. It is easy to eat, making it popular among women.