4 Must-Try Classic Japanese Seaweed Snacks

Japan has a culinary culture of using seaweed, and in fact, we often eat edible seaweed such as wakame, kombu (kelp), nori (laver), mozuku, and mekabu in daily life.

These seaweed are not only used in Japanese cuisine, but in Japan there also exist snack foods made with them.

4 Must-Try Classic Seaweed Snacks in Japan

For example, when I think of seaweed snacks available in the snack and candy section of supermarkets, what come to mind are the following 4 classic seaweed snacks that have been widely enjoyed in Japan for decades.

If you are interested in Japanese seaweed snacks, they are must-try items, so please check them out!

Noriten (のり天)

Noriten (Nori no Tempura)

The name of the Japanese seaweed snack, “Noriten (のり天)” can be divided into 2 words, “Nori (のり)” meaning seaweed laver and “Ten (天)” that stands for “Tempura (天ぷら)“.

From this, Noriten is a seaweed snack made deep-frying the laver coated in Tempura batter.

As with Tempura, this snack has a pleasant crispy texture that comes from its deep-fried coating and is characterized by its good aroma of seaweed laver.

Su-Kombu (酢こんぶ)

Su-Kombu Vinegared Kelp Snacks

As the Japanese word “Su (酢)” means vinegar, Su-Kombu is a seaweed snack made of thin sheets of edible kelp flavored mainly with vinegar.

Specifically, the kombu sheet is coated with a seasoning powder consisting of vinegar, sweeteners, and umami ingredients such as fish extract.

Su-Kombu is soft in texture and has an addicting umami taste like a cross between vinegary and sweet.

Kuki Wakame (茎わかめ)

Kuki Wakame

As the name suggests, Kuki Wakame is the quintessential Japanese seaweed snack made of wakame. It is made using the core part of wakame leaves as the Japanese word “Kuki (茎)” means stems.

This Japanese seaweed snack is characterized by its outstanding crunchy texture that makes the eater satisfied.

Kuki Wakame is flavored with a vinegar sauce and has a right amount of salt and vinegar.

Oshaburi Kombu (おしゃぶり昆布)

Oshaburi Kombu

The Japanese term in the snack name “Oshaburi (おしゃぶり)” means sucking on something.

As you can imagine from its meaning and the above photo, unlike Su-kombu, this seaweed snack Oshaburi Kombu is quite hard and tough in texture and somewhat salty.

However, thanks to the tough texture, you can savor the umami taste of this seaweed snack for some minutes sucking on it.


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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