Kuki Wakame : Classic vinegary wakame seaweed snacks
Edible seaweed is a crucial food material in Japanese cuisine. When I hear seaweed, what come to mind right away are kombu (昆布), mozuku (もずく), and wakame (わかめ), each of which is often used for dishes and taking soup stock in Japan.
Especially, kombu and wakame are the 2 edible seaweed most familiar to us Japanese, because not only do we commonly use them as ingredients in dishes, but many snack foods made with them are also available at supermarkets.
When it comes to the seaweed snack with kombu, Nakano Miyako Kombu is probably the most famous product in Japan, while, regarding the snack made mainly with wakame seaweed, Kuki Wakame is widely known to Japanese as a classic seaweed snack.
Kuki Wakame (茎わかめ)
Kuki Wakame (茎わかめ) (Amazon.com) is made using the core part of wakame leaves. Actually, the Japanese word “Kuki (茎)” means “stem” and the seaweed snack features having a nice crunchy texture that everyone loves.
When you slit the bag open and take out the contents, these individually packed Kuki Wakame snacks appear. They are moist because Kuki Wakame is made by flavoring blanched wakame seaweed with a vinegar sauce. Hence, this Japanese seaweed snack is somewhat vinegary, but easy to eat.
Kuki Wakame is popular with women in particular. The reason is that it has little calories yet is high in nutritional value. Specifically, the seaweed snack is rich in dietary fiber and contains lots of alginic acid.
As for the ingredient in Kuki Wakame seaweed snacks, as I wrote above, the main ingredient is salted blanched wakame seaweed, which is flavored mainly with ume plum vinegar, brewed vinegar, sugar, and salt.
Other ingredients include fermented seasonings, protein hydrolysates (soybeans, wheat), acidifiers, sorbitol, amino acid, calcium lactate, and scents.
I think Kuki Wakame is easy to eat as compared to the quintessential kombu snack “Nakano Miyako Kombu” because the wakame seaweed snack is less vinegary.
If you like vinegary food, this classic Japanese seaweed snack is a must-try and you will definitely like it.
Kumi Wakame snacks are being sold at many supermarkets in Japan, so if you are interested and get a chance, why not give it a try?
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