Kameda Age Ichiban Deep-Fried Senbei Rice Cracker
When it comes to deep-fried rice crackers or “Age Senbei (揚げせんべい)”, “Kabuki-Age (歌舞伎揚)” is the best-recognized product in the Kanto region around Tokyo, while the people living in the Kansai region around Osaka is most familiar with “Bonchi-Age (ぼんち揚げ)”, as I wrote in the past article before.
In addition to these Kabuki-Age and Bonchi-Age rice crackers, when we Japanese talk about Age Senbei, there is one more product that shouldn’t be forgotten, which is what I introduce here, Kameda Seika’s “Age Ichiban (揚一番)”.
Kameda Seika Age Ichiban (亀田製菓 揚一番)
Released in 1985 by the leading Japanese confectionery company “Kameda Seika (亀田製菓)”, Age Ichiban is a standard Age Senbei deep-fried rice cracker in Japan that has long been loved by both adults and children as an accompaniment for green tea.
As you can see in the photo above, the package contains 21 pieces or so of individually-packed small deep-fried rice crackers.
With a light crunchy texture to it that everyone can like, the Age Senbei, Age Ichiban is savory, more on the sweet side rather than salty, and really tasty, which is why the rice snack is also favored by children.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Since Kameda Age Ichiban is a type of Senbei, the deep-fried cracker is made of non-glutinous rice called “Uruchi-Mai (うるち米)”, the staple food of the Japanese, and it is seasoned mainly with soy sauce, honey, and sugar.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the other ingredients include vegetable fat and oil, dextrin, starch, spices, protein hydrolyzate (including wheat), salt, powdered seafood extract (including mackerel), sorbitol, trehalose, amino acids, paprika and caramel pigments, and acidifier.
And based on the information on the official website of Kameda Seika, the Age Ichiban rice cracker has 39 kcal per piece and contains 0.14 g of salt equivalents.
Ichi in Vietnam
By the way, Kameda Age Ichiban is sold by the name of “Ichi” in Vietnam where the Japanese rice cracker has gained wide popularity.