Sudako-San Taro: Famous Dagashi Vinegary Surimi Snack

Dagashi (駄菓子) is a snack genre unique to Japan, made up of cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies.

As the cheapest is available for only 10 yen (about 0.1 USD), such treats as Yakiniku-San Taro, Kabayaki-San Taro, and Umaibo are popular with children. 

Among them, Yakiniku-San Taro and Kabayaki-San Taro are the same types of Dagashi, and this Sudako-San Taro (酢だこさん太郎) also belongs to the category.

Sudako-San Taro (酢だこさん太郎)

Sudako-San Taro

Sudako-San Taro (酢だこさん太郎) is as famous a 10 yen fish surimi Dagashi snack from Yaokin as Yakiniku-San Taro and Kabayaki-San Taro.

As the word in its name, だこ (Dako), or Tako (たこ), means octopus in Japanese, the mascot character of an octopus is on the package front.

Su-Dako-San Taro Vinegary Fish Paste Dagashi Snack

But this Surimi snack mainly consists of fish paste, wheat flour, and squid powder and doesn’t contain octopus meat.

Besides, this treat is wet because its motif is a Japanese dish called Sudako (vinegared octopus), whose main seasoning is vinegar or Su (酢). 

The Dagashi, Sudako-San Taro, is like a wood sheet, but due to the vinegar seasoning, it is soft and chewy.

The taste is more or less vinegary but isn’t sharp, packed with umami. I don’t care for vinegar very much but love this Dagashi simply because it is tasty.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Dagashi Snack Sugako-San Taro Ingredients

Fish surimi (Fish meat, Sugar), Wheat flour, Squid powder, Sugar, Soy sauce, Brewed vinegar, Spice, Amino acid seasoning, Sorbitol, Acidifier, Caramel pigment, Sweeteners (Stevia, Licorice) (Partially including wheat, squid, dairy products, crab, and soybeans)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per Piece
Calories 16 kcal
Protein 0.9 g
Fat 0.02 g
Carbohydrates 3 g
Salt equivalents 0.2 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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