Senbei vs. Okaki vs. Arare: Japanese Rice Crackers
Do you know traditional Japanese rice crackers are broadly classified into three types?
The three varieties widely enjoyed in Japan are Senbei (煎餅), Okaki (おかき), and Arare (あられ).
Senbei vs. Okaki vs. Arare
Senbei, Okaki, and Arare are rice snacks with over several hundred years of history.
And among them, I think Senbei is the best-known outside of Japan. But how do Senbei, Okaki, and Arare differ from one another?
Here, I will give an overview of each for those curious.
First, Senbei is a rice cracker most commonly eaten in Japan.
It is made of non-glutinous rice called Uruchi-Mai (うるち米) that has been steamed, pounded, typically formed into a big, round shape, and baked.
Traditionally, Senbei is seasoned with soy sauce/salt. But in modern times, it comes in various flavors and many varieties like these.
the majority available in Japan consists of Uruchimai rice, the staple food of the Japanese.
Unlike Senbei, Okaki consists of glutinous (sticky or sweet) rice called Mochi-Gome (餅米).
Specifically, this cracker is traditionally made from relatively small chunks of Mochi (餅) cake that’s been dried and baked.
Arare also uses Mochigome glutinous rice, and its production method is basically the same as Okaki.
Actually, there is no clear definition between Okaki and Arare. But in general, Arare is smaller than Okaki and shaped like a sphere or stick.
The primary differences between Senbei, Okaki, and Arare come from the size and the main ingredient.
And here is the comparison table.
|Arare||Smaller than Okaki||Mochigome|