There’s a shop called Masuya in Tokyo Skytree Town, the shopping complex beneath the iconic Tokyo Skytree. It’s the biggest speciality salt store in Japan, carrying over 300 types of different salt (all available for sampling). D and I visited during our 2014 trip, and their seaweed salt sent our taste buds tingling. We’ve been using it on our French Fries since — seaweed is a delicious flavouring and I’ve been keen to try it on all sorts of carbs.
This is Glico Pretz Seaweed. The biscuit stick has tiny flecks of seaweed within and is dusted over with some more on the exterior.
The smell of seaweed hits you upon opening the packaging. Yet it’s less strong than you’d expect from opening, say, a packet of roasted seaweed from the Korean grocery stores. It’s tasty, but this milder flavour means that my taste buds become accustomed to the flavour and no longer pick up the flavour on the fourth stick. I’m left with a bready aftertaste as Pretz by Glico China is rather pale underbaked. I thought a more golden biscuit stick would carry the flavour better, but alas, in the few I found (consistency issues…) the toasty flavour masks the mild seaweed flavour completely.
While tasty for the first few sticks, the Pretz from China is not more-ish — something I can keep reaching into the bag for — like the original Tomato Pretz by Glico Japan. It’s unfortunate then, that each box contains just one bag whereas boxes of Pretz in Japan separate them into two. I’ll have to try the superfine version of seaweed Pretz by Glico Japan to compare — I’m hopeful!
The box of Glico Pretz Seaweed contained 1 pack with ~30 pieces. It was a manufactured in China, and purchased in Hong Kong in 2015.