Noshiika Taro: A Dagashi Surimi Snack from Kado

Noshiika (のしいか) is one of the Japanese snacks made of squid, commonly enjoyed in Japan as an accompaniment for alcoholic drinks or Otsumami.

It is a thin sheet of squid meat made by flattening out a heated dried squid with iron rollers, as the name Noshi-Ika means stretched squid.

Noshiika Dried Squid Snack

The treat is tender with a gentle sweetness, typically seasoned with sugar, starch syrup, and honey.

Together with Surume, Noshiika has long been a standard Otsumami in Japan. But the one I introduce here, Noshiika Taro (のしいか太郎), is a Dagashi snack whose main ingredient is fish surimi.

Kado Noshiika Taro

Kado Noshiika Taro

Produced by Kado (菓道), a Dagashi manufacturer known for producing Umaibo, Noshiika Taro is a long-selling Dagashi variety priced at 30 yen.

As with Kabayaki-san Taro or Yakiniku-san Taro, Taro (太郎) in its name stands for a Japanese boy’s name.


Noshiika Taro

The Dagashi Noshiika Taro is a tender, sweet-sour snack.

Many Dagashi treats, including Kabayaki-san Taro and Yakiniku-san Taro, use surimi fish paste as the main ingredient, and this one has similar features to Sudako-san Taro.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Noshiika Taro Snack Sheet

Unlike the Otsumami Noshiika, this Dagashi Noshiika consists of fish surimi, wheat flour, and squid powder, wetted with liquid seasoning made from sugar, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey, and spice.

But its taste and texture are as good as the traditional one!

Fish surimi, Wheat flour, Squid powder, Sugar, Soy sauce, Apple cider vinegar, Honey, Spice, Seasoning (including Amino acid), Sorbitol, Acidifier, Caramel pigment, Sweeteners (Stevia, Licorice), Sodium lactate (Partially including Wheat, Squid, Apple, Milk component, Soybean)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per Sheet
Calories 50 kcal
Protein 2.8 g
Fat 0.08 g
Carbohydrates 9.6 g
Salt Equivalents 0.6 g

(Reference Page: Yaokin のしいか太郎 )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, 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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