Sake Toba: Classic Japanese Salmon Jerky Snack

As you may know, Otsumami (おつまみ) is the Japanese generic name for snacks and simple dishes eaten with alcoholic drinks.

Examples of Otsumami include traditional Japanese foods such as Surume, Saki Ika, and Kamaboko and modern Western snacks, like potato chips and beef jerky.

Japanese Otsumami comes in various varieties, and some are unique.

Those treats are available at every convenience store and supermarket in Japan, where you may also find the one named Sake Toba (鮭とば).

Sake Toba (鮭とば)

Sake Toba Japanese Salmon Jerky

Sake Toba is a salmon jerky that has been around in Japan for a long time, favored as an Otsumami snack.

The package contains autumn salmon fillets rinsed with seawater and dried by the sea breeze.

Sake Toba Salmon Jerky Snack

Like beef jerky, Sake Toba is tough. But for the texture, the more you chew on it, the more umami comes out and the tastier it becomes.

The Japanese salmon jerky is generally pretty salty but packed with natural umami. And for the delicious taste, it has long been a staple Otsumami.

How to Eat

Kama-Age Sake Toba Salmon Jerky

Sake Toba is edible as is but sometimes eaten after toasting.

The jerky matches well with some dishes, including toast and Chahan, also used in marinades.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Sake Toba Japanese Salmon Jerky Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

For your information, the specific ingredients and nutrition facts of the Sake Toba jerky I bought this time are as follows.

Salmon, Reduced starch syrup, Starch syrup, Salt, Vegetable oil, Fruit liquor, Sugar, Acidifier, Amino acid seasoning, Antioxidants (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Tea extract, Sulfite), Emulsifier, Color (Monascus), (Partially including Salmon, Soybean, and Gelatin)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per Bag (40 Grams)
Calories 123 kcal
Protein 20.2 g
Fat 2.9 g
Carbohydrates 4.1 g
Salt equivalents 1.8 g

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 鮭とば )


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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