Kaki no Tane (Kameda Crisps, Kakipi) : All About the Japanese Rice Crackers
“Kaki no Tane (柿の種)”, also known as Kameda Crisps or Kakipi, is one of the most famous Japanese rice crackers in overseas countries as well as in Japan. The spicy Japanese rice snack is commonly served with beer as an “Otsumami (おつまみ)” snack or along with Japanese green tea as an afternoon snack “Oyatsu (おやつ)” in Japan.
I also like eating the spicy rice cracker along with chilled beer. Kaki no Tane goes perfectly with beer because the gas and bitterness of beer soothe the saltiness and hotness of the snack. This applies to Japanese green tea as well.
Kaki no Tane (柿の種) (Kameda Crisps, Kakipi)
I am proud of Kaki no Tane because the rice cracker originated in a confectionery company located in Niigata, the Prefecture where I was born and raised. As the snack name, “Kaki no Tane” literally means persimmon seeds in Japanese, the Japanese rice cracker has an orange color and a crescent shape kind of like a persimmon seed.
Kaki no Tane can be made not only from glutinous rice but also from non-glutinous rice. Generally, the crunchy rice snack is seasoned with soy sauce and red chili pepper, so it is somewhat hot and spicy in taste. As for the color, the reddish orange basically comes from red chili pepper and food colorings, but some of the products contain no artificial coloring materials.
The Origin of Kaki no Tane
Kaki no Tane has its roots in Senbei rice crackers made with a crushed mold. The first product was introduced by Naniwa-Ya Seika in 1923. Naniwa-Ya Seika is a confectionery company whose head office is in the city of Nagaoka, Niigata.
The Type of Kaki no Tane
Although canned Kaki no Tane products were common when I was small, nowadays the products whose snacks are individually packed in small bags are the mainstream. Besides, today there are many variations of Kaiki no Tane snacks.
Even among those, wasabi-flavored one, mayonnaise-flavored one, and the one coated with chocolate or cheese are popular in Japan. In addition, various unique flavors of Kaki no Tane are being released in Japan. Typical examples of such Kaki no Tane include curry-flavored one, Umeboshi-flavored one, Takoyaki-flavored one, and Yuzu-Kosho-flavored one.
3 Major Japanese Companies manufacturing Kaki no Tane
There are many Japanese confectionery makers manufacturing Kaki no Tane snacks since the rice cracker is one of the most famous snacks in Japan. Out of those, I want to introduce 3 major Japanese companies.
Naniwa-Ya Seika (naniwayaseika.co.jp)
As I wrote above, Naniwa-Ya Seika is the first company that introduced Kaki no Tane into the market. If you have a chance to see the product package, you will find a Japanese word “元祖” added in front of the product name. The Japanese word, “元祖” means “the originator”, so it shows that this company created the rice cracker.
Kameda Seika (kamedaseika.co.jp)
Kameda Seika is headquartered in the city of Niigata. Hence, this company is also a confectionery company located in Niigata Prefecture. Kameda Seika is a leading Japanese food maker well-known for its Senbei and other snack foods. “Kameda Crisps” available in the United States is a product of this company.
|Kameda Crisps, Sweet Chili, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)||Kameda Crisps, Wasabi, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)|
Minoya Arare (minoya-arare.com)
Minoya Arare is a confectionery company located in the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. TOMOE BRAND’s Hot Kakidane Arare being sold in Hawaii has its roots in the Kakipi of Minoya Arare.
|Tomoe Brand Hot Kakidane Arare, Hawaii Snacks 2 Bags 4 Ounces Each|
Recommended Japanese Kaki no Tane Products
I want to introduce some recommended Japanese Kaki no Tane products too.
|Super Spicy Kaki no Tane,60g 10 bags||Naniwa-Ya Seika, Canned “元祖” Kaki no Tane||Assorted Kaki no Tane sold only in Tokai region, 4 flavors×4 bags|
|Recommended to those who like or want to try super spicy foods. Don’t have this Kaki no Tane if you dislike spicy stuff.||The original Kaki no Tane of Naniwa-Ya Seika. This product is a canned Kaki no Tane from the old days. It contains 27g×12 bags||This product is from Kameda Seika. It contains regular Kaki no Tane, a shrimp-flavored one, a Hitsumabushi-flavored one, and a famous wasabi specialty shop’s wasabi-flavored one|
Recommended Recipe using Kaki no Tane snacks
I introduced a recipe for those who don’t like “Natto (納豆)” fermented soybeans in my previous article. Actually, Kaki no Tane is also known as a food that matches well with Natto. I know it sounds crazy, but if you try the recipe below once, you will like it.
Kaki no Tane with Natto
(Source : Rakuten Recipe)
|Accompanying soy sauce||One packet|
|Kaki no Tane (Kameda Crisps)||A rounded tablespoon|
|Shredded Nori seaweed||A proper amount|
|Parched (white) sesame seeds||A small amount|
- Put soy sauce and mayo in a pack of natto
- Break Kaki no Tane snacks into small pieces with hands, then add those broken pieces to the pack and stir well
- Serve the natto on a plate and sprinkle shredded Nori and parched sesame seeds
- Enjoy !
(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 柿の種 )