Senbei: Japanese Rice Cracker Recipe using Microwave
“Senbei (せんべい)” is a traditional Japanese cracker made of non-glutinous rice, the staple food of the Japanese called “Uruchi-Mai (うるち米)”.
Since it is one of the most common afternoon snacks in Japan, if you have a chance to shop at a Japanese supermarket, you will see a wide variety of Senbei lined up on the shelve in the snack and candy section.
Concerning the producing method of Senbei by machine, typically the non-glutinous rice Uruchi-Mai is first pressed and crushed into powder, then steamed, kneaded, molded into a round shape, dried, and baked.
In contrast, you can see a traditional making of Senbei in the video above where a Japanese Senbei artisan is making the rice crackers.
From the video, you might think that you can’t make Senbei at home because the traditional method looks like it needs skills.
But if you just have leftover cooked rice in your home, you can easily make the Japanese treat with a microwave oven.
How to Make Senbei Using Microwave Oven
Thus, today let me introduce an easy Senbei rice cracker recipe using a microwave oven. According to a TV program that introduced how to make Senbei with a microwave oven, the basic method is as follows.
- Sprinkle some salt over leftover white rice and mix lightly. It is also good to put some soy sauce or add in some Furikake seasoning, instead of salt
- Place the seasoned rice on a sheet of cooking paper and cover with another paper
- Press and crush the rice with hands, then flatten it out as thinly as possible with a rolling pin or the like
- Remove the upper paper and microwave the flattened rice at 500w for 5 minutes or so
- Let it cool down, then break into bite-size pieces
- Ready to eat. Enjoy the Senbei rice crackers!