I spied this snack bag while browsing our favorite section of the Mitsukoshi store the other night. The combination of the tagline "Best Otsumami for Beer" along with the giant graphic of a beer on it was enough to pique our interests - we were sold. Now, we're no strangers to the exotic snacks here either, mind you. We've been known to enjoy a salty mix of crackers and dried fish now and then.
The employee was almost too excited that I was purchasing these. I asked her what they were, and she said dried squid. I enthusiastically replied with "Well, it says they're the best for beer!" and she responded with a laugh and a very serious "Oh yes! Good for beer". Now to grab a tall pour of Kirin (gotta be authentic, right?)
Now carrying a nice cold Kirin, we found a bench to break into our snack. Each piece is roughly the size of a slice of bacon, and oddly enough they've got a kinda similar flavor and texture. Very crispy, almost cracker-like and pretty salty. They've got a moderate fish flavor, which we expected, but here's where it gets interesting, they're a little sweet with a distinct tang of mayonnaise. Which I guess I shouldn't have been all that surprised about, it says mayo right on the ingredient list. We've had other squid treats from this store that tasted much fishy-er - or would that be squid-ier? Either way, we would rate this a 4 of fishy flavor on a scale of 1 (none) to 10 (marsh crabs*).
They definitely are best for beer! A savory, salty, crunchy snack stick that couldn't have a better match than a nice cold beer. A fun treat that we will be enjoying again. For $5, you get about 10-15 pieces, and that's plenty for 2 to split. This is a very unique snack that's not THAT too far out there on the weird scale - give 'em a try next time you're there!
*What are these marsh crabs we speak of? Find the silver package of little orange crabs in the Mitsukoshi store. Those are the absolute fishy-est things we have ever eaten...or tried to eat. Now those are another story for another time...
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