Sudako-San Taro: A Famous Vinegary Dagashi Snack
“Dagashi (駄菓子)” is a snack genre unique to Japan, which is made up of cheap, unique, relatively small Japanese snacks and candies.
As a single piece of Dagashi is available from only 10 yen (about 0.1 USD), those Japanese treats are so cheap that they are popular particularly with children.
In recent years, as you know, thanks to the development of the internet, famous Japanese Dagashi snacks can be bought even online outside of Japan.
The Cheapest Dagashi Snacks
Among these treats, Yakiniku-San Taro and Kabayaki-San Taro are the same types of Dagashi, good and old “Surimi (すり身)” fish paste snacks.
Actually, in addition to them, there is one more famous Surimi Dagashi that used to be my favorite as a kid, which I bought today for this blog article.
Sudako-San Taro (酢だこさん太郎)
Actually, what I picked up 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 just 10 yen like Yakiniku-San Taro and Kabayaki-San Taro.
As the word included in the name of the snack, “だこ (Dako)”, or “Tako (たこ)”, means “octopus” in Japanese, the mascot character of an octopus is illustrated on the package front.
As you can see in the photo below, this Surimi snack is wet, for it is flavored mainly with vinegar, as “Su (酢)” in the name is the Japanese word for vinegar.
Although this Dagashi classic looks like a wood sheet, it has a soft chewy texture. It is somewhat vinegary but doesn’t have a sharp taste, rather has lots of umami.
In fact, I don’t like vinegar very much but love this Dagashi since it is just tasty and easy to eat.
Now, let’s see the ingredients. According to the list on the back of the package, the Dagashi Sudako-San Taro mainly consists of Surimi fish paste, wheat flour, squid powder, sugar, soy sauce, brewed vinegar, and spices, but doesn’t contain any octopus.
Where to Buy
The Japanese treat, Sudako-San Taro is one of the most loved Dagashi varieties that have been around since decades ago, so it’s available at many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.