Uni Saki Ika: Sea Urchin Flavor Shredded Squid Snack
After finishing my errands yesterday, I stopped by a 7 Eleven convenience store and got some snacks. While I was shopping, I found a sea urchin or “Uni (うに, 雲丹)” flavored snack that I hadn’t tried yet, so also picked it up.
Uni Saki Ika (うにさきいか)
And what I introduce this time is that Uni or sea urchin flavored Sakiika. “Saki-Ika (さきいか)”, literally meaning shredded squid, is a traditional Japanese snack food made of raw or dried squid.
In the case of using fresh raw squid, after the squid has been grilled, it is stretched and then shredded. The squid shreds are soft and tender compared to the ones made with dried squid called “Surume (スルメ)“, and called “Soft Saki Ika (ソフトさきいか)”.
I think these squid shreds are probably a Soft Saki Ika because it has some moisture and is softer and tenderer than the ones made just by grilling and shredding Surume called “Surume Saki Ika (スルメさきいか)”.
Saki Ika is a snack that goes well with alcoholic drinks or a kind of “Otsumami (おつまみ)”, and in Japan, it is often prepared along with beer or sake.
These squid strips are seasoned mainly with sugar and salt and coated with a special sea urchin sauce. The Saki Ika is lightly salted with a subtle sweetness and Uni flavor to it and was pretty yummy!
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, for those who want to know the specific ingredients and nutrition facts, here is the label. According to that, with 52 kcal and 0.9 g salt equivalents per one bag (19 grams), the sea urchin flavored shredded squid snack Uni Saki Ika consists of squid, Uni (sea urchin roe), sugar, milk sugar, salt, fermented rice seasoning, yeast extract, sorbitol, seasoning (including amino acids), pH adjuster, phosphate, preservative (sorbic acid K), sweetener (stevia), and paprika pigment.