Surume Somen: A Classic Squid Snack like Thin Noodles

When Japanese people think of the noodle dish that is perfect for summer, many will bring to mind “Somen (素麺)”. Somen is a thin white noodle made of wheat flour, usually served chilled.

Somen NoodlesSomen Noodles

In Japan, there are several foods similar in appearance to Somen noodles, and those typically have the word “Somen” in their name to suggest that they are thin and long like Somen.

If I give a representative example of such Japanese foods, what comes to my mind right away is “Surume Somen (するめそうめん)”.

Surume Somen (するめそうめん)

Surume Somen

As mentioned above, Somen is a thin and long wheat noodle, but do you know what “Surume (するめ)” is? If you know what it is, you will be able to imagine what kind of food Surume Somen is.

For the unfamiliar, Surume is a traditional Japanese snack food made from squid called “Surume Ika (スルメイカ)” that’s been gutted and dried in the sun.

We usually toast the dried unseasoned whole squid in a toaster oven, shred by hand, and eat the strips dipping in mayonnaise.

Surume ShredsSurume Dried Squid Snack

Now, you could picture what Surume Somen looks like. It is similar to Somen noodles and is made up of thin strips of dried squid. Surume Somen is much thinner than average Surume shreds, as shown below.

Surume Somen Dried Squid Noodles

After grilling and seasoning whole Surume squid, it is cut into very thin strips like these. Surume Somen is a snack with plenty of umami and is much easier to eat than ordinary Surume shreds, thanks to its thinness.


Surume Somen Dried Squid Snack Ingredients

According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, this Surume Somen consists of squid, sugar, salt, sorbitol, and amino acid seasoning.

Where to Buy

Surume Somen is a long-time favorite Otsumami snack, so it is available in many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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