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Japanese sembei crackers / Japanese Food

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Japan is a snackers' heaven.
Convenience stores are everywhere you look, and hot and cold running snacks are at your fingertips 24 hours a day.
Potato chips alone come in well over 100 flavors, running the gamut from exotic Thai tom yum and Caesar salad to the more Japanese-inspired gyoza (pork dumpling) and mentaiko (spicy cod roe).

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(Old Style Store Image who is selling Sembei)

Just as varied in style and flavor is a more traditional snack - sembei, aka the Japanese rice cracker. You can find sembei flavored with soy sauce, nori (dried laver seaweed), kombu (kelp), sesame seeds (both black and white), and soybeans, plus a huge range of more modern flavors like cheese, chocolate, and kimchee.

Smaller sembei often come mixed with other snackable ingredients such as peanuts or pine nuts.

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(Soka Sembei / Image)

Traditional sembei are large, round and savory. Another type is arare (literallly "hailstones") - tiny and usually pellet-shaped, but also found shaped like animals (like the tanuki, or badger), seeds, maple leaves (momiji) or cherry blossoms (sakura).

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(Soka Sembei / Image)

A third type is kaki - bite-sized and sold in a variety of shapes. Sembei aren't all savory either; sweet sembei are made with wheat flour instead of rice flour.

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(Another kind of Sembei / Image)

One unusual variation is yasai sembei, vegetables that have been thinly sliced, covered in sugar and baked. Nuresembei are rice crackers that have been heavily doused with soy sauce and mirin, leaving a mochi mochi (chewy) consistency.

Look for genkotsu if you want something extremely hard, or try zarame (sugar-coated sembei) if you've got a sweet tooth. And a Tokyo shop called Mame Gen sells a popular snack made from nuts and beans covered with a sembei-like coating.

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(Arare Sembei etc for gift / Image)

There are strong regional variations as well - sembei from Kanto (the area around Tokyo) were originally based on uruchimai, a non-glutinous rice, and they tend to be more crunchy (kari kari) and richly flavored.

On the other hand, sembei from Kansai (Kyoto/ Osaka) were made from glutinous rice, and they're more lightly seasoned and delicate in texture (saku saku).

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(Square Style Sembei / Image)


Sembei have a long history, going back to the ninth century in Japan and even further back to the seventh century in China. The original crackers were sweet and flour-based, and it wasn't until the 17th century that rice was used. If you want to step back into time,

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(Arare Sembei / Image)


Asakusa is one of the best places to observe the final step in the sembei-making process - the grilling and seasoning of the crackers. There are a few vendors along the route leading up to Senso-ji Temple where you can get sembei hot off the grill for around 100 yen.

By J.S. on Apr 17, 2010
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