KabukiAge and BonchiAge : 2 Most Famous Age Senbei Rice Crackers

Senbei is the traditional Japanese rice cracker with a round shape, and most traditional Senbei rice crackers available at Japanese supermarkets are typically flavored with soy sauce or salt.


In modern times, a variety of Sensei-type snacks are being sold at grocery stores in Japan, and in recent years even if you don’t live in Japan, you can find various types of Japanese rice crackers on online shopping sites, including Amazon.com.

When it comes to the variety of such Japanese rice snacks, “Age Senbei (揚げせんべい)” is one of the most common types that has been around since a long time ago. As the Japanese word, “Age (揚げ)” means to “deep-fry”, Age Senbei is the generic term for deep-fried Japanese rice crackers.

KabukiAge and BonchiAge

Accordingly, there are a variety of Age Senbei products in Japan. Among those, KabukiAge (歌舞伎揚) and BonchiAge (ぼんち揚) are the 2 most famous Japanese deep-fried rice crackers.


20150908041224Image : tanmari hatenablog Amanoya Assorted Kabuki-Age rice crackers

KabukiAge is the most famous Age Senbei product in the Kanto region around Tokyo, where there are few people but know KabukiAge. The deep-fried Senbei well-known as a long-seller in Japan was released in 1960 by Amanoya (天乃屋).

As the product name indicates, it is said that the Kabuki-Age snack has 10 kinds of designs using the family crest of Kabuki on the surface. This Age Senbei has a quite hard crunchy texture and is flavored with a thick sweet soy sauce. Kabukiage is a high level Age Senbei in all respects compared to others.


200612186 Bonchi-Age Senbei (Pack of 3)

On the other hand, the deep-fried Japanese rice cracker produced by Bonchi, Bonchiage is the Age Senbei most familiar to those who live in the Kansai area around Osaka, where the deep-fried rice cracker boasts the top share in the market. The original product of BonchiAge went on the market in 1960 as well as Kabukiage.

BonchiAge is light in weight and texture as compared to KabukiAge. It is a crispy Age Senbei that is flavored with a soy-sauce-based sauce and sugar. Bonchiage features having a rich umami that comes from ingredients such as bonito and kombu seaweed extracts.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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