Surume Somen – Noodle-like Dried Squid Snacks
When we Japanese think of the noodle dish that is perfect for summer, that reminds many of us of Somen noodles.Somen (そうめん) is a fine white noodle made from wheat flour and generally served chilled.
From the characteristic form of Somen noodles, some Japanese food names include the word “Somen” to indicate that the food has a thin and long shape.
If I give a representative example of such Japanese foods, what comes to my mind first is Surume Somen (するめそうめん) (Amazon.com), which I picked up today to introduce.
Surume Somen – Classic Japanese dried squid strips like fine noodles
As I wrote above, Somen is a thin and long wheat noodle, but do you know what the word “Surume (するめ)” means?If you know the meaning, you will be able to imagine what food Surume Somen is.
Actually, Surume is a traditional Japanese snack food that is known as a dried squid.We usually tear the dried unseasoned whole squid into strips with hands and eat them dipping in mayonnaise and so on.
Now you could imagine what Surume Somen looks like.The Japanese food is a dried squid snack with a very fine shape like Somen noodles.It is a much more fine strip of dried squid than Surume strips.Here is Surume Somen.
These dried squid snacks are made cutting Surume squid into very fine strips after broiling and seasoning the dried whole squid.
The ingredients of Surume Somen
Speaking of the ingredient, it includes squid, sugar, salt, sorbitol, and amino acids.As you can guess, Surume Somen is a simple snack food.
We Japanese like to eat Surume Somen along with chilled beer
As Surume Somen is a seasoned food, it has a thick taste as compared to Surume strips.Besides it has plenty of umami and is much easier to eat than Surume strips because of its fineness, so these dried squid strips are perfect for chilled beer.In fact we like to eat them drinking beer.
If you get a chance to visit Japan and are interested in the Japanese dried squid snack, just give it a shot.Many Japanese supermarkets handle the products, so it is relatively easy to get the snack.You can also purchase one on Amazon.com, though it is somewhat pricey.