Furikake Rice Seasoning Recipe using Umaibo Corn Puffs

Some Japanese like to create food recipes using snacks and candies, and in fact, you can find a bunch of recipes of that kind on the internet offered in Japanese.

Among those, I have seen various recipes using the Japanese corn puff snack Umaibo posted on the net until now. This is probably because the Dagashi snack is popular and cheap in Japan, and besides comes in many unique flavors.

As I wrote in the past article, several months ago, I actually made corn potage soup with the Umaibo Corn Potage flavor and milk according to a recipe from cookpad.com.

Recommended Furikake Recipe using Umaibo Mentai Flavor

Umaibo Mentai Flavor

And today, I wanted to try a recipe using another flavor of the Umaibo corn puff snack bar. Actually, it is a Furikake rice seasoning recipe using the Mentai flavor, which was introduced on a TV program a few years ago and became a topic of conversation on some Japanese websites.

Since the corn puff, Umaibo Mentai has a flavor close to Mentaiko spicy pickled walleye pollack, it is a little bit spicy, but the spiciness can help give the rice a little bit of kick when used as a Furikake.


Now, let’s get the preparation started.

First, crush the Umaibo Mentai corn puff into small pieces by hand prior to taking the snack out from the package.

Then, open the bag and sprinkle the snack bits over a bowl of hot plain white rice.

Drizzle a little soy sauce on the rice.

As a finishing, sprinkle some Shichimi Togarashi spice mix over the rice.


In my first try, I found the Umaibo Mentai Furikake tastes great and goes perfectly with steamed plain rice, mainly because of its crispy texture and the aromatic spiciness that comes from the Japanese spice blend Shichimi Togarashi.

If you are interested in this recipe, I recommend coarsely crushing the Umaibo corn puff so that its crispy texture is somewhat left. As a result, the Furikake rice seasoning will become more addictive.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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