Surume Geso Snacks Made of Squid Tentacles (Ika Geso)
“Otsumami (おつまみ)” is the Japanese word for the snack food eaten with alcoholic drinks, in other words, it refers to finger foods and nibbles.
Therefore, for example, if you have potato chips while drinking beer, the snack can be called Otsumami.
As I has written about it many times, there are many variations of Otsumami snacks in Japan, from traditional to modern ones.
Especially, there are a variety of dried squid snacks known as Otsumami, and the typical examples include “Surume (スルメ)”, “Saki-ika (さきいか)”, and “Noshi-ika (のしイカ)” (Related Article).
Even among those, Surume is the most common one and available at almost any supermarket in Japan. It is made by drying the squid whose internal organs are removed as unneeded things after the body is cut open.
By the way, “Ika (イカ, いか)” means squid or cuttlefish in Japanese.
Surume Geso (するめげそ)
Additionally, if you have a chance to go shopping at a grocery store in Japan, you may find the snack food “Surume Geso (するめげそ)” lined up on the shelf in the snack food section.
Actually, the Japanese term included in the snack name, “Geso (げそ)” means the tentacle of squids (Ika) and Surume Geso is the Otsumami snack made by drying squid’s tentacles “Ika Geso (イカゲソ)”
These dried squid tentacles are quiet hard and tough in texture, but the more you chew it, the more the flavor and umami comes out and the better it tastes.
The Surume Geso snack is lightly seasoned with salt and red chili pepper, which accentuates the natural flavor and umami taste of the dried Ika Geso.