My 3 Best Japanese “Otsumami” Snacks for Beer

Here in Japan, it’s getting hotter day by day.

So today, let me introduce my favorite/best Japanese Otsumami snacks that go deliciously with beer, all of which you might not know.

My Best Otsumami Snacks for Beer

First and foremost, for the unfamiliar, Otsumami (おつまみ) is the Japanese collective term for finger foods, nibbles, or snacks eaten with alcoholic beverages.

Now it’s ready. Let’s get the introduction started. Here are my three best Otsumami snacks.

Glico CRATZ Edamame Flavor Potato Snack

Glico CRATZ Edamame-Flavored Potato Snack CRATZ Edamame Flavor

For many Japanese drinkers in the hot summer climate, there is nothing better than the combination of Edamame (salted boiled green soybeans) and icy chilled beer.

Glico CRATZ Edamame is a popular Japanese cookie-like savory snack packed with umami from Edamame beans, whose outside is crunchy, and the inside is brittle.

The treat has a pleasant bite and an addictive savoriness, making drinking beer in the summertime an absolute delight.

Yamayoshi Wasa-Beef Potato Chips

Yamayoshi Wasa-Beef Potato Chips Wasa-Beef Wasabi & Beef Flavor Potato Chips

Introduced by Yamayoshi Seika Confectionery in 1987, Wasa-Beef is a long-selling Japanese potato chip with an addicting flavor combination of wasabi and beef.

The crisps have plenty of delicious umami from beef, followed by the slightly sharp, refreshing taste of wasabi (grated Japanese horseradish) as an aftertaste.

The snack pairs perfectly with beer, and you won’t be able to stop eating and drinking.

Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese

Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese Cheeza Cheddar Cheese

Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese is a crispy Japanese cheese cracker with a super-rich umami taste. So just with one bite, you will be amazed by its flavorful deliciousness.

It is not too much to say that this snack has the most decadent cheese flavor of all the treats I have ever consumed, as it contains as much as 53 percent of natural cheddar cheese.

Glico Cheeza has several flavors, but this cheddar cheese is my favorite, and the cheese cracker is one of the best matches for beer.


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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