Ika no Sugata Fry: A Classic Japanese Squid Cracker
Summer is nearly upon us. It’s the perfect season for icy chilled beer, and when drinking it, we Japanese often prepare Otsumami (おつまみ).
Otsumami is a Japanese word for snack foods eaten with alcoholic beverages, and representatives include these dried squid snacks, Surume (するめ), Noshi-Ika (のしイカ), and Saki-Ika (さきイカ).
In addition to them, there is one more Japanese squid snack that you should remember when we talk about Otsumami, which is Ika no Sugata Fry (いかの姿フライ).
Ika no Sugata Fry (いかの姿フライ)
Ika no Sugata Fry is a deep-fried squid cracker that has long been around and is now widely enjoyed in Japan as Otsumami.
By the way, this product is a value pack (150 grams) and contains a bunch of crackers.
The name いかの姿フライ loosely means fry with the shape of a whole squid, and as you can see in the photo, the snack looks just like that.
These treats are sweet and savory with a pleasant crunch, going perfectly with beer and sake. And that is why it has long been a favorite among Japanese drinkers.
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts of this Ika Fry (イカフライ) snack.
|Wheat flour, Vegetable oil (Rapeseed, Palm), Squid, Panko breadcrumb, Starch, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable protein (including Soybean), Spice, Fish surimi, Egg white, Whole egg, Colors (Flavonoid, Carotenoid, Caramel), Seasoning (including Amino acid), Baking powder, Calcium carbonate, Sweetener (Stevia), Emulsifier, Modified starch, Sorbitol, Casein sodium (from Milk), Flavoring|
|Salt equivalents||2.4 g|
(Reference Page: Wikipedia イカフライ )