Ika Fry vs Ika Ten: Japanese Fried Squid Snacks
Traditionally, we Japanese like snack foods made with squid. Especially there are many variations of dried squid snacks in Japan, which include these 3 varieties.
Meanwhile, when it comes to Japanese fried squid snacks, “Ika Fry (イカフライ)” and “Ika Ten (イカ天)” are not only widely enjoyed in Japan, but also fairly well recognized in some overseas countries.
By the way, the word included in these names, “Ika (イカ)” means squid or cuttlefish in Japanese.
The Difference: Ika Fry (Furai) vs Ika Ten
Ika Fry and Ika Ten are very similar snack foods, or partly the same thing as I wrote before. Actually, I didn’t know the specific difference between them, so today I did some research about it online.
From the result, this time I will share how Ika Fry is different from Ika Ten.
Ika Fry (イカフライ)
First off, Ika Fry (Furai) is the generic term for foods made by deep-frying squid coated in batter. Hence, Ika Fry includes “Ika Ring (イカリング)”, “Ika Ball (イカボール)”, and “Ika Ten (イカ天)”.
Ika Ring is a deep-fried round squid body slice also known as fried calamari, while Ika Ball is a deep-fried ground squid meatball.
Ika Ten (イカ天)
Ika Ten is squid’s Tempura as the latter word “Ten (天)” stands for Tempura. Specifically, there are 3 types of Ika Ten in Japan.
One is literally squid Tempura made by deep-frying squid coated in the batter of wheat flour and hen’s egg.
Another refers to deep-fried “Kamaboko (蒲鉾)” paste consisting of chopped squid meat and fish paste.