rice cracker (osenbei)

What to Buy at Haneda Airport in 2019: 40 Souvenirs to Get Before You Leave!

You’ve done it before. You’ve packed for your trip home, checked your flight times, double checked you’ve got your passport, safely reached the airport, and then suddenly remembered that one person who you haven’t got a souvenir for yet. However, it’s not too late! If you are traveling to or from Japan through Haneda Airport,…

4 Japanese Sweets That Make Perfect Souvenirs for Your Loved Ones

When you give food souvenirs in Japan, you don’t only consider the taste, but you also have to think of their beautiful presentations. Because of this, it becomes an easy thing for people to choose wagashi (和菓子 – Japanese confections) as they are lovely to look at. If you’re planning on giving somebody the perfect…

Craving Something Sweet? Try These 4 Delightful Desserts From Kobe!

Kobe, the capital city of Hyogo prefecture, is one of Japan’s ten largest cities. If you ask the locals what this city is famous for, they will probably give you three answers: world-class wagyu meat, one of the best harbour night views in Japan, and last but not least, the delicious desserts. The desserts here…

3 Types of Japanese Rice Crackers That Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Japanese rice crackers known as “senbei” are tasty, crispy, and addictive! But what about the flavors below? They are sure to either enlighten your senbei-eating experience or haunt your nightmares… 1. Wasps senbei (地蜂せんべい) In Japanese, this is called Jibachi Senbei. This unique rice cracker is produced in Omachi, Japan. Wasps have been consumed in…

New Fortune Cookies with a Feline Twist!

Many people may be forgiven for thinking that the fortune cookie originated in China. Most fortune cookies in the world (and 3 billion are produced daily) are eaten in Chinese restaurants in the United States. However, fortune cookies actually originated in Japan. And now Japan has improved this tried and tested design. Origins mentalfloss.com/ It…

5 Japanese Food Souvenirs Perfect for your Friends, Family, and Suitcase

Everyone wants a taste of your trip, don’t they? Something cute. Something exotic. Something JAPANESE! Don’t disappoint. The idea behind these top five are simple – flat, easy to pack and less crushable to avoid disappointment, includes individual wrapping so you can spread the love, and no strong smells or liquids so TSA doesn’t get…

6 Savory Flavors of the Japanese Senbei Snack

Daily Snacks In Japan, snacks are eaten daily. One of the most popular snacks is to the rice crackers called “Osenbei”. This Japanese traditional snack existed for a very long time! These crackers are made with “Uruchi Rice” which means in Japanese sticky and non-glutinous rice. The recipe is quite easy: First, we steam the…

Senbei, What Is It And What Does It Taste Like?

Do you know what Senbei is? Senbei is a traditional Japanese snack made from rice. Generally, they are called rice crackers in English. They taste great, and they are also less calorific than other snacks such as chips and pretzels. There are many kinds of Senbei in Japan, and some are very unique. These days…