Updated: September 06, 2019
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Tako senbei in Enoshima! Strangely beautiful octopus crackers

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A local specialty in Enoshima is the tako senbei, or octopus cracker. Here's where to have it and how it's made!

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When in Enoshima have huge octopus crackers!

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There's a very special snack that you can get in Enoshima called 'tako senbei' which is literally a severally squashed octopus inside a traditional Japanese rice cracker.

The snack is available at a couple of places in Japan but this little shop in Enoshima called Asahi is the originator.

How it's made

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The process of making these crackers is as follows.

First, the octopuses are washed thoroughly - eight times to be precise - to get rid of their salty taste. They are then seasoned with soy sauce and a little bit of hot pepper before being thrown into a special batter. Next, they're placed on a pipping hot iron press specially designed for making these crackers.

With a pressure of about one ton and a temperature of 180 Celsius, the octopuses are flattened into one-millimetre thin senbeis that are strangely beautiful and really delicious too!
Aren't they beautiful like an abstract painting?!
You can get squooshed shrimp crackers too at the same place.
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So next time you're in Enoshima, make sure to try this local specialty. One tako senbei is ¥400. You can get some as souvenirs as well since they preserve very well!
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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