Otsumami: Tsumami Tara Dried Cod Fish Snack
“Otsumami (おつまみ)” is the Japanese word for snacks eaten with alcoholic drinks and the representative examples include Kamaboko fish cake, Surume dried squid, Kaki no Tane crackers, and Cheese Tara (Chiitara) snacks.
Actually, the majority of traditional Japanese Otsumami are dried seafood snacks and what I introduce here Tsumami Tara is also among them.
Japanese Dried Cod Fish Snack: Tsumami Tara (つまみ鱈)
The word that can also be seen in the name of Cheese Tara, “Tara (鱈, たら)” means cod or codfish in Japanese, so the main ingredient of the Otsumami Tsumami Tara is the fish, cod or Tara. By the way, “Tsumami (つまみ)” has the same meaning as Otsumami and refers to finger foods and nibbles.
Now, let’s see the contents. In the package, there are quite a few pieces of dried fish. These thick strips are made by shredding the flesh of a cod or Alaska pollock and dried and are seasoned mainly with sugar, salt, and red chili pepper. Tsumami Tara is one of the Otsumami classics and today produced by many manufacturers in Japan.
The seasoned codfish snack is more on the salty side rather than sweet and goes especially well with chilled beer and Sake. Like the dried squid Surume, this Japanese fish snack is somewhat tough in texture, but thanks to that, you can savor the taste for a long time. In other words, the more you chew on the snack, the more the umami comes out and the tastier it becomes!
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Specifically, according to the ingredient list and nutrition facts label, this Otsumami Tsumami Tara consists of Alaska pollack, sugar, salt, red chili pepper, sorbitol, seasoning (including amino acids), sweeteners (stevia, licorice), and pH adjuster, and has 289 kcal per 100 grams and contains 3.3 g salt equivalents.
Where to Buy
Tsumami Tara is a common Otsumami snack in Japan, so it is available in many supermarkets around the country. By the way, I bought this Tsumami Tara for 398 yen (about 3.9 USD).