I picked up this snack from my favorite grocery store in DC, Hana Japanese market. They have an amazingly good selection of Japanese products given the size of the store and staff is nice and helpful… and they are on Twitter!
It is pretty easy to figure out what this snack is… it is very clearly octopus. TheÂ mysteriousÂ thing about this snack is how they managing to preserve them. The octopus have a texture similar to cooked ones and are definitely not dried. They are sold on the shelf though and don’t have any indication that they need to beÂ refrigerated. Clearly the Japanese have managed to create a shelf stable, cookedÂ octopusÂ snack. Ever more impressive, it is still tasty.
If anyone has any insights on how they are preserved or the name of this style of snack, please let us know!