Uni Sakiika: Sea Urchin Flavor Shredded Squid Snack
After finishing my errands yesterday, I stopped by a 7-Eleven convenience store and got some treats.
While I was shopping, I found a sea urchin or Uni (うに/雲丹) flavored snack named Uni Sakiika, and I also picked it up.
Uni Sakiika (うにさきいか)
For the unfamiliar, Saki-Ika (さきいか: meaning shredded squid) is a traditional Japanese snack food made of raw or dried squid.
When using fresh raw squid, the ingredient is first grilled and then stretched and shredded.
The resulting shreds, called Soft Sakiika (ソフトさきいか), are soft and tender compared to the ones made with dried squid or Surume (スルメ).
I think these strips are just that kind because the treats have some moisture and are tenderer than the ones made with Surume called Surume Sakiika (スルメさきいか).
Saki-Ika is a snack food that goes well with alcoholic drinks or a kind of Otsumami (おつまみ), and here in Japan, it often comes with beer or sake.
These squid shreds are seasoned with sugar and salt and coated with special sea urchin sauce. The snack has a subtle sweetness and a pleasant fragrance of Uni and tastes pretty good!
Lastly, for your information, here are the ingredients list and nutrition facts label of the Uni Sakiika I bought this time.
|Squid, Uni (Sea urchin roe), Sugar, Milk sugar, Salt, Fermented rice seasoning, Yeast extract, Sorbitol, Seasoning (including Amino acid), pH adjuster, Sodium phosphate, Preservative (Sorbic acid K), Sweetener (Stevia), Paprika pigment.