Cut Yocchan – The most famous fish (squid) paste Dagashi snack
When it comes to classic Japanese snacks, the snack made from fish paste is one of the essential genres.
For that matter, most of the Japanese fish paste snacks belong to the genre called Dagashi (駄菓子).
As you may know, Dagashi is the generic name for Japanese cheap and relatively small snacks and candies.
Regarding fish paste Dagashi snacks, I posted an article about Kabayaki-san Taro (蒲焼さん太郎), one of the long-seller Dagashi items, a while ago.
In fact, Kabayaki-san Taro is a very famous fish paste Dagashi snack with a long history.But if you ask Japanese people what is the most famous fish paste Dagashi snack in Japan, many would answer Cut Yocchan, or Yocchan Ika.
Cut Yocchan (Yocchan Ika) – The most famous fish (squid) paste Dagashi snack
Cut Yocchan (カットよっちゃん) (Amazon.com), which is also called Yocchan Ika (よっちゃんイカ), also has a long history as the fish paste snack was released several decades ago.
I used to buy the fish paste snack at a small Dagashi shop near my house when I was a kid.As not only I but also many of my friends liked the snack, it can be said that it was one of the most popular Dagashi snacks among us.
One of the reasons why this snack is very popular among children is because a lottery is included in the corner of this bag.
If the word, ‘あたり’, which means ‘You won the lottery’, appears, you can get one more Cut Yocchan for free at the shop where you purchased it.But this time, I lost the lottery because the word, ‘はずれ’, which means ‘You lost the lottery’, appeared.
Unfortunately, according to the official website of Cut Yocchan, the maker plans to abolish this lottery at the end of this May.
The ingredients of Cut Yocchan (Yocchan Ika)
As another name, Yocchan Ika, indicates, the main ingredient of Cut Yocchan also includes squid, which the Japanese word, Ika (イカ), means, in addition to the flesh of fish.So strictly speaking, this paste consists of fish and squid.
Speaking of its texture, this snack has a texture like soft Saki-ika, in other words, it’s soft and chewy.
And this snack is seasoned with a combined seasoning unique to Japan, Sanbaizu (三杯酢) that is made mixing vinegar, soy sauce and sugar.So it is somewhat vinegary in taste.
Conclusion : Cut Yocchan (Yocchan Ika)
Cut Yucchan has two types of products, big-sized ones and regular-sized ones.The regular one that I bought this time is sold for 30 yen in Japan.
As the snack is cheap and yummy with a lottery, it is especially popular among kids.
It is a pity that the maker is going to abolish the lottery, but the snack itself is quite unique in flavor and texture.So if you want to know the nostalgic taste that many Japanese are familiar with, the snack, Cut Yocchan, will be worth a try.