Noriten: Classic Japanese Nori Seaweed Tempura Snacks
Made by coating one piece of ingredient with flour batter and deep-frying it in plenty of oil, “Tempura (天ぷら)” is a food that represents Japan. But do you know there are Japanese snacks produced in the same way as Tempura?
Actually, “Ikaten (いか天)” and “Noriten (のり天)” are 2 representatives of such Tempura snacks. They are good and old snack foods that have been widely enjoyed in Japan for a long time.
Noriten or Nori no Tempura
On the other hand, “Noriten (のり天)”, also known as “Nori no Tempura (海苔の天ぷら)”, is the Tempura snack whose main ingredient is “Nori (海苔)”, as the name is composed of 2 words, “Nori (のり)” meaning seaweed laver and “Ten (天)” that stands for “Tempura”. By the way, “Ika (いか)” means squid or cuttlefish in Japanese.
Ingredients and Features
The Nori seaweed is coated with a batter made from eggs and wheat flour, deep-fried in plenty of oil, and then lightly salted. It is deep-fried in sesame oil, so these Tempura fries are pleasantly crispy and savory with an appetizing aroma.
As for the variety, some Noriten crisps are only lightly salted, while others are flavored using ground red chili pepper and are a little bit spicy with a moderate saltiness.
Where to Buy
Noriten or Nori no Tempura is a common snack food in Japan and goes especially well with beer, so the seaweed Tempura chips are available in many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.