My 3 Best Japanese “Otsumami” Snacks for Beer
In addition to being widely enjoyed in Japan, some Japanese snack foods are fairly well recognized in many countries.
For example, the Japan’s top snack food manufacturer, Calbee’s products not only occupy the largest share in Japan’s market, but some of them are also popular in countries outside of Japan.
Other than the Calbee’s snacks, actually there are a bunch of delicious Japanese snacks that haven’t become popular yet in the world.
My Favorite Otsumami Snacks for Beer
As it’s getting hotter and hotter day by day here in Japan, today let me talk about my favorite Japanese Otsumami snacks that go perfectly with beer, all of which you might not know.
By the way, “Otsumami (おつまみ)” is the Japanese word for the finger foods and nibbles eaten as accompaniments for alcoholic drinks. Now, here are my 3 best Otsumami snacks.
Glico CRATZ Edamame-Flavored Potato Snack
|Glico CRATZ Edamame Flavor|
For many Japanese drinkers, there is nothing better than the combination of Edamame (boiled salted green soybeans) and icy cold beer in the summer.
Glico CRATZ Edamame is a popular Japanese snack food full of savory umami taste of Edamame soybeans.
It is a relatively new product, but has already become a standard Otsumami snack in Japan.
Similar in texture to cookies, the Japanese snack is crunchy on the outside and brittle on the inside.
Not only does Glico CRATZ Edamame have a satisfying pleasant texture, but the potato snack also has an addicting savoriness that goes really well with beer.
Yamayoshi Wasa-Beef Potato Chips
|Yamayoshi Wasa-Beef Wasabi and Beef Flavored Potato Chips|
Yamayoshi Wasa-Beef is a long-selling potato chips with a flavor combination of wasabi and beef, which was released in 1987 in Japan.
The potato chips are rich in flavor of beef, and the slight sharpness of wasabi (Japanese horseradish) adds the snack a little bit of kick.
The outstanding combination of the tastiness of beef and the refreshing aftertaste of wasabi matches perfectly with beer, making the snack a fabulous Otsumami.
Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese
|Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese|
Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese is a pleasantly crispy Japanese cheese cracker with super rich taste of cheese.
Indeed, the cracker has plenty of natural umami of cheese, and just with one bite the deliciousness spreads in the mouth.
In fact, this snack has the richest taste of cheese of all the snacks I have ever consumed. I think this is mainly because the ingredient of this snack includes 53% of natural cheddar cheese.
Although Glico Cheeza comes in several flavors, this cheddar cheese flavor is my best without doubt. Needless to say, Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese is one of the best matches for beer.