Oboro konbu are very thin, ribbon-like strips of dried kelp made by scraping the surface of the seaweed in the manner of planing wood. The strips have a light and airy texture when eaten and are rich in highly savory glutamic acid. 80% of Japan's oboro konbu is produced in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture. Bessho Akio, an oboro konbu maker, scrapes strips of kelp in his workshop.
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