Kameda Age Ichiban Deep-Fried Senbei Rice Cracker
When it comes to Japanese deep-fried rice crackers called “Age Senbei (揚げせんべい)”, “Kabuki-Age (歌舞伎揚)” is the most famous product in the Kanto region around Tokyo, while the people living in the Kansai area around Osaka is most familiar with “Bonchi-Age (ぼんち揚げ)”, as I wrote about it in the past article before.
In addition to these Kabuki-Age and Bonchi-Age, when we Japanese talk about Age Senbei, there is one more product that shouldn’t be forgotten. That is Kameda Seika’s “Age Ichiban (揚一番)”.
Kameda Seika Age Ichiban (亀田製菓 揚一番)
Kameda Age Ichiban is a standard Age Senbei deep-fried rice cracker in Japan which has long been loved by both adults and children as an accompaniment for greet tea.
The Age Senbei was released in 1985 by Kameda Seika, a leading Japanese confectionery company well-known for their rice snacks including Kaki no Tane or Kameda Crisps.
Since Kameda Age Ichiban is a type of Senbei, the deep-fried rice cracker is made of non-glutinous “Uruchi (うるち)” rice and seasoned primarily with soy sauce, honey and sugar.
According to the ingredient list shown above, the other ingredients include vegetable fat and oil, dextrin, starch, spices, protein hydrolyzate (including wheat), salt, powdered seafood extract (including mackerel), sorbitol, trehalose, amino acid, paprika and caramel pigments, and acidifier
The package contains 21 pieces or so of individually wrapped small deep-fried rice crackers.
The Age Ichiban rice cracker is sweet rather than salty and has a light crunchy texture that everyone loves. The Age Senbei has a gentle sweetness and is really yummy so you will never get tired of eating it.
“Ichi” in Vietnam
By the way, Kameda Age Ichiban is sold by the name of “Ichi” in Vietnam where the product has gained wide popularity.