Kuki Wakame: Seaweed Snack using the Stem of Wakame

Seaweed is an essential part of Japanese cuisine.

And when I think of such things, what comes to mind right away is Kombu (昆布), Mozuku (もずく), and Wakame (わかめ), for each is often used in Japanese cooking.

Especially, Kombu (kelp) and Wakame are edible seaweed most familiar to us Japanese. Not only dishes but Japanese snacks use them as well.

Regarding the one made of Kombu, Nakano Miyako Kombu is probably the most famous, while, regarding Wakame, Kuki Wakame has long been a favorite.

Kuki Wakame (茎わかめ)

Packaged Kuki Wakame

As the word Kuki (茎) means stem in Japanese, Kuki Wakame (茎わかめ) is a seaweed snack made from the core of Wakame, featuring a pleasant crunchy texture that everyone can like.

Kuki Wakame Japanese Seaweed Snack

The treat consists of a bite-size rectangle piece of blanched wakame flavored with dashi or umami-rich vinegar sauce. It is tender and wet because of the seasoning liquid.

In Japan, Kuki Wakame is popular among women because it is low-calorie yet nutrient-dense. The seaweed snack is a good source of dietary fiber and alginic acid.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Kuki Wakame Ingredients

As I mentioned above, the main ingredient of this snack is blanched, salted wakame, which, based on the list, is seasoned with Ume vinegar, brewed vinegar, sugar, and salt.

For your information, lastly, I list specific ingredients and nutrition facts below.

Wakame (blanched and salted), Ume plum vinegar, Sugar, Brewed vinegar, Salt, Protein hydrolyzate (including wheat and soybean), Fermented seasoning, Sorbitol, Acidifier, Amino acid seasoning, Flavoring, Calcium lactate

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per 100 Grams
Calories 112 kcal
Protein 0.9 g
Fat 0.3 g
Carbohydrates 26.3 g
Salt equivalents 6.1 g


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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