Though it is believed that the snack originated in China, Japanese senbei has been consumed for thousands of years. It was first made and sold in Sōka, a central Japanese city about 30 kilometers from Tokyo. The original Japanese rice cracker was a dried rice ball seasoned with salt, creating a shelf-stable snack that quickly became a huge hit and quickly spread throughout the country. It really became popularized in the Edo period (between 1603 and 1868), when it became readily available throughout Japan.
At Bokksu, we offer a huge selection of delicious Japanese senbei crackers featuring various types of fun flavoring, unique shapes, and seasonal or regional twists that will delight even serious senbei lovers. Use this guide to find your new favorite snack.
Types of Senbei Crackers
The many different types of senbei crackers out there makes this snack truly fascinating and varied. Because the rice dough is so versatile and can take on virtually any flavor or shape, it lends itself well to many special creations. Soy sauce, sugar, wasabi, kimchi, vinegar, lemon, teriyaki, matcha, mustard, turmeric, sweet potato, eel, and chocolate are all senbei flavors you can (and should!) try as you get to know this staple snack. Here are a few of the more common senbei categories.
Basic varieties may be salted or flavored with shoyu (soy sauce), mirin, or sugar. Sometimes, senbei are wrapped with nori (seaweed). Classic varieties like soy sauce and ebi (shrimp), as well as options flavored with red chili pepper or sesame, are commonly found in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Japan. Want to try classic senbei? We recommend our Arigato No Kimochi Senbei.