5 Recommend Ways to Eat Umaibo Corn Puffs

Nowadays, Japanese snacks are relatively easy to get even if you are not in Japan, thanks to the development of the internet.

Among such treats, I think Umaibo (うまい棒: Delicious Stick), sometimes called the King of Dagashi (駄菓子), is one of the best-recognized.

It is a corn puff stick that only costs 12 yen (about 0.1 USD) and comes in many unique flavors.

The snack is very cheap, so even kids can buy various varieties with little pocket money, which makes them happy.

Not only children but many Japanese adults love the Dagashi Umaibo, and I’m among them.

How to Eat Umaibo (Easy Recipes)

How to Eat Umaibo (Easy Recipes)

Since Umaibo has a unique taste and a pleasantly crispy texture, some Japanese like to make dishes with it and share those recipes online.

Out of them, today, let me introduce some that became a topic of conversation before.

Corn Potage Soup with Corn Potage Flavor

Umaibo Corn Potage Flavor

The corn potage soup recipe using Umaibo Corn Potage flavor became a popular topic on some Japanese websites several years ago.

The recipe is simple, only using two ingredients; Umaibo Corn Potage and milk. As I tried the recipe before, if you are interested, please check this post.

Furikake Rice Seasoning with Mentai Flavor

Umaibo Mentai Furikake

A TV program introduced this eating way of Umaibo before, and some Japanese bloggers tested the recipe. And a while ago, I tried the method as well.

Seasoned with soy sauce and Shichimi Togarashi, the Furikake seasoning using Umaibo Mentai goes perfectly with plain white rice, making it a delicious bowl.

As a Substitute for Crouton 

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As previously mentioned, the texture of Umaibo is pleasantly crispy, and the snack can be a substitute for crouton.

The bits of the puffcorn work well with vegetable salad, and many Japanese have shared this way of eating Umaibo on recipe sites.

As Topping for Udon Noodle Soup

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Umaibo, especially the Mentai flavor, pairs deliciously with a bowl of Udon noodle soup.

Just crush the corn puff into small pieces and put them on the noodles.

Egg Omelet with Cheese Flavor

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Some Japanese have shared their omelet recipes using Umaibo Cheese online. The making is like this.

  1. Add a teaspoon of mayonnaise to a beaten egg and bake the egg.
  2. Then, roll up a stick of Umaibo Cheese in the cooked egg.
  3. Dress the Omelette with mayonnaise and catsup, and enjoy the Umaibo Omelette!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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