Sudako-San Taro : A Nostalgic Vinegary Dagashi Snack
“Dagashi (駄菓子)” is a snack genre unique to Japan that is made up of cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies.
As a single Dagashi snack is available from 10 yen (about 0.1 USD) in Japan, those Japanese snacks are so cheap that they are particularly popular with children.
In recent years, thanks to the development of internet, famous Japanese Dagashi snacks can be bought even on online shopping sites outside of Japan, like Amazon.com.
The Cheapest Dagashi Snacks
Among them, Yakiniku-San Taro and Kabayaki-San Taro are the same type of Dagashi, old-fashioned fish paste snacks.
Actually in addition to these, there is one more fish paste Dagashi that was my favorite as a child, which I bought today for this blog article.
Sudako-San Taro (酢だこさん太郎)
What I purchased this time is this “Sudako-San Taro (酢だこさん太郎)”, which is a fish paste Dagashi snack that can be bought for 10 yen like Yakiniku-san Taro and Kabayaki-San Taro.
As the word included in the snack name, “だこ (Dako)” means “octopus” in Japanese, the mascot of an octopus is printed on the product package.
As you can see in the photo, this fish paste snack is wet, for it is flavored mainly with vinegar as the word “Su (酢)” in the name means vinegar in Japanese.
Although the classic Japanese snack looks like a wood sheet, it has a soft chewy texture. It is somewhat vinegary but doesn’t have a sharp taste.
In fact, I don’t like vinegar very much, but love this Dagashi snack since it is tasty and easy to eat.
According to the ingredients list on the back of the package, this Dagashi snack mainly consists of fish paste, wheat flour, powdered squid, sugar, soy sauce, brewed vinegar, and spices, but doesn’t contain any octopus.
Where to Buy the Dagashi Sudako-San Taro
The Dagashi, Sudako-San Taro is famous as a long-selling item in Japan and available at many supermarkets and convenience stores.