Ika no Kunsei: Classic Japanese Smoked Squid Shreds
In addition to the items above, there is another type of Japanese squid snack that I should introduce as a Japanese, which I actually bought the other day at a 7 Eleven convenience store near my house.
Ikakun or Ika no Kunsei Snacks
The Japanese squid snack I picked up this time is the one shown above, called “Ikakun (イカ燻)”, also known as “Ika no Kunsei (イカの燻製)”. It is a good old squid snack that has long been loved by us Japanese.
In the name, as the term “Kunsei (燻製)” stands for the cooking method of smoking, while the word “Ika (イカ)” means “squid” in Japanese, “Ika no Kunsei”, which is abbreviated to “Ikakun”, is a smoked squid snack.
According to the claim on the package, these squid shreds are smoked using wood chips of Prunus. With a nice chewy bite, they are much more tender than the quintessential Japanese squid snack Surume.
And the more you chew the soft chewy Ikakun piece, the more the flavor and umami come out. The taste is slightly vinegary, not that salty with a moderate sweetness.
I love to eat these smoked squid slices with beer. As a matter of fact, Ikakun or Ika no Kunsei is widely enjoyed in Japan as an “Otusmami (おつまみ)” or an accompaniment snack for alcoholic drinks.
For drinkers, it is easy to get the squid snack in Japan, and in fact, it is available in supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the main ingredients in the Ika no Kunsei I have now are squid, sugar, reduced sugar syrup, salt, brewed vinegar, dextrin, seafood extract, kombu seaweed extract, and yeast extract.
The Japanese squid snack, Ika no Kunsei or Ikakun has 53 kcal per one bag (25 g) and contains 1.5 g salt equivalents.