Niboshi are dried baby sardines used to make dashi soup stock, or fried and eaten as a snack.
Niboshi are also called Iriko in Western Japan. Niboshi is sometimes mistranslated as dried anchovies, but are actually dried baby sardines.
Niboshi dashi stock is commonly used in Japanese cuisine as a base for soups and sauces. When fried and seasoned, niboshi can be eaten as a snack.
Englishdried baby sardines