5 Recommend Ways to Eat Umaibo Corn Puffs

In recent years, Japanese snacks are relatively easy to get even if you are not in Japan thanks to the internet, among which I think “Umaibo (うまい棒: literally Delicious Stick)” is one of the best-recognized Japanese snacks.

The corn puff snack bar is sometimes called the King of “Dagashi (駄菓子)” and a stick of Umaibo only costs 10 yen (about 0.1 USD). Amazingly, the price has never changed since the original flavor Tonkatsu Sauce went on the market in 1979.

Umaibo comes in many unique flavors and some of them are locally limited. Besides, since the snack bar is very cheap, kids can buy various flavors even with their small pocket money, which makes them feel happy.

Not only among children but even among adults, there are a lot of Umaibo fans in Japan.

How to Use Umaibo (The Easy Recipes)

Umaibo Nori-Shio Flavor Corn Puff

Since Umaibo has a nice crispy bite and unique flavor, some Japanese adults like to make dishes with Umaibo and share those recipes online. Out of them, today let me introduce some that became a topic of conversation before.

Make Corn Potage Soup with Umaibo Corn Potage Flavor

Umaibo Corn Potage Flavor

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

The recipe is quite simple and only uses 2 ingredients, Umaibo Corn Potage, and milk. As I actually tried the recipe before, if you are interested in how to make it, please check this article.

Make Furikake Rice Seasoning with Umaibo Mentai Flavor

Umaibo Mentai Furikake

This way of eating Umaibo was introduced on a TV program before and some Japanese bloggers actually tried it. And a while ago, I tried the method as well.

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

Use Umaibo as a Replacement for Crouton 

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The texture of Umaibo is pleasantly crispy so the snack can be used as a replacement for crouton.

Especially, the puffcorn works well with vegetable salad, and many Japanese have shared this way of eating Umaibo on the internet.

Use Umaibo Mentai Flavor in Udon Noodle Soup

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Umaibo unexpectedly pairs well with Udon noodle soup. Especially, Umaibo Mentai flavor is recommended for the Japanese noodle dish. Simply crush the corn puff bar into pieces and put them on the noodles.

Make Omelet with Umaibo Cheese Flavor

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Some Japanese have shared their omelet recipes using Umaibo Cheese on the net. The basic way to make it is as follows;

Add a teaspoon of mayonnaise to a beaten egg and bake the egg. Then, roll up a stick of Umaibo Cheese in the baked egg. 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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