Calbee Jagariko: 2 Popular Recipes using the Potato Fries
Calbee is the top Japanese snack food manufacturer with the largest share in Japan’s market. The company is producing and selling a large variety of snacks, and many of them have been long-time favorites of us Japanese.
Among those, Calbee Potato Chips and Jagariko (also spelled as Jagarico) Potato Fries are the most popular snacks in Japan, as well as being the most recognized brand names in Japanese snack foods.
Calbee Jagariko Potato Fries
The Japanese potato snack, Jagariko is lightly salted and has lots of umami and a pleasant crispy bite, so I have loved the series for over 20 years since the original product was introduced in 1995.
Now, Jagariko has become a standard potato snack in Japan and is available in most supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.
Actually, today I went shopping at a drugstore near my house and found a new flavor of Jagariko being sold as a limited time offer.
Since I am fond of trying new things, I bought it for about 100 yen (about 1 USD). The Jagariko I purchased this time has a Nori-“Mentai (明太)” flavor.
With a little bit spicy taste that comes from Mentai (spicy marinated Alaska pollack roe), this Jagariko potato stick features a nice aroma from Nori seaweed. After trying out the snack, as a whole, I found Nori and Mentaiko is a good pair for Jagariko.
In addition to limited-time flavors that sometimes come out like this, the potato stick Jagarico is available in several regular flavors, among which “Salad (サラダ)” and “Cheese (チーズ)” are especially popular.
2 Popular Recipes Using Calbee Jagariko Sticks
By the way, according to the Calbee’s statement of accounts for 2016, the Jagariko line has recorded the second-highest sales in their potato snack category, after Calbee Potato Chips.
In addition to the great popularity, since Jagariko is made by deep-frying steamed potato sticks, some Japanese like creating recipes using the potato fries and share on the internet.
As I wrote in this article, following the instructions of a recipe shared online, the other day I actually tried making potato potage soup with Jagariko Salad Flavor.
Other than the potato potage soup recipe, you can find a bunch of mashed potatoes recipes using the Jagariko sticks as well, including this, on the internet offered in Japanese.
The majority of the dishes made with the Jagariko Potato Fries have a good reputation, and I think this is probably because the taste of Jagariko itself is so good.