Sukonbu (Su Kombu): A Classic Japanese Kelp Seaweed Snack

As you may know, seaweed is one of the essential ingredients in Japanese cuisine. Especially, wakame and kombu are edible seaweed often prepared in cooking in Japan.

For example, Japanese home cooks like to add wakame to miso soups or salads in particular, while edible kelp seaweed, kombu is typically used to take “Dashi (出汁)” soup stock.

Regarding kombu, the seaweed isn’t only used in cooking, but there exist even snack foods made of it in Japan. Among those Japanese kelp seaweed snacks, I think the most famous one is “Sukonbu (酢こんぶ)”.

What is Sukonbu (Su Kombu)?

 Nakano Miyako Kombu (中野 都こんぶ)Sukonbu (Su Kombu)

Actually, the snack name “Sukonbu (酢こんぶ)” is composed of 2 Japanese words, “Su (酢)” and “Kombu (こんぶ)”.

The former “Su (酢)” means “vinegar” in Japanese, so Sukonbu is a kombu seaweed snack flavored primarily with vinegar.

The Japanese seaweed snack is not that vinegary in taste and is characterized by the distinctive umami that comes from the white powder coated on the surface.

Nakano Miyako Kombu (中野 都こんぶ)

Sukonbu is a classic seaweed snack that has been loved by Japanese for a long time, so there are several Sukonbu brands very familiar to us Japanese.

Even among those, Nakano Miyako Kombu is the quintessential Sukonbu snack that should be introduced, which was released in 1931 by “Nakano Bussan (中野物産)”.

Features

In addition to brewed vinegar, Nakano Miyako Kombu is flavored with bonito extract, fermented seasonings, and sweeteners.

As I wrote above and as the above photo shows, the Nakano’s Sukonbu snack features having white particles of flavoring called “Magical powder” on the surface, which is slightly sour with lots of umami.

Different from “Oshaburi Kombu (おしゃぶり昆布)“, the Miyako Kombu snack is soft in texture, so you can tear it up easily.

Where to Buy the Nakano’s Sukonbu Seaweed Snack

Nakano Miyako Kombu

Nakano Miyako Kombu is the most beloved Sukonbu snack in Japan, so the seaweed snack is not only available in most supermarkets in Japan, but you can also buy it on some online shopping sites outside of Japan.

Nakano Miyako Kombu Vinegared Kelp
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Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. 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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