Nure Senbei: A Type of Japanese Wet Rice Cracker
Senbei, together with Okaki and Arare, is one of the traditional rice crackers most familiar to us Japanese. As I wrote about it before, Senbei can be classified into 4 major types, one of which is called “Nure Senbei (ぬれせんべい)”.
Nure Senbei (ぬれせんべい)
As in its name “Nure (ぬれ)” means “wet” in Japanese, Nure Senbei is a type of Senbei whose entire dough is moist and limp, and as with the regular baked variety Yaki Senbei, Japanese people like to eat it as an afternoon snack with green tea.
As for the making, Nure Senbei is made by dunking non-glutinous rice dough in soy sauce right after baked. Hence, the resulting cracker has a somewhat strong soy sauce flavor and soft texture compared to Yaki Senbei.
Nure Senbei originated in a confectionery shop located in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, named “Kashiwaya (柏屋)”, which began selling wet rice crackers as a product for the first time in 1963.
Shop Information: Kashiwaya (柏屋)
Address: 1758 Minato-machi, Choshi, Chiba (MAP)
Open: 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: Irregular holidays
How to Enjoy
Nure Senbei is usually eaten as it is, but I recommend trying these methods listed below as they can make the wet rice cracker more delicious.
Microwave Nure Senbei for several dozen seconds, which makes the wet rice cracker a nicely savory snack like a freshly baked Senbei.
With Torokeru Cheese
Image: hiragima blogspot
Put some Torokeru Cheese and microwave the Senbei until the cheese melts. This combination is highly recommended.
Dress Nure Senbei with mayo, which gives the rice cracker extra umami and enriches the taste.
Where to Buy
Nure Senbei is a common, casual snack in Japan, so it can be bought in many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.