Furikake Rice Seasoning Recipe using Umaibo Corn Puffs

Some Japanese people like to create food recipes using snacks and candies. 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 puffed corn snack Umaibo posted online until now.

This is probably because the Dagashi is popular and cheap, besides comes in many unique flavors.

Furikake Recipe using Umaibo Mentai Flavor

Umaibo Mentai Flavor

As I wrote in this article, I made corn potage soup several months ago with Umaibo Corn Potage and milk following the directions of a recipe on cookpad.com.

And today, I wanted to try another recipe. It is a Furikake rice seasoning using the Mentai flavor that attracted me this time.

The recipe was actually introduced on a TV show a few years ago and became a topic of conversation on some websites.

The Umaibo Mentai corn puff has a taste emulating Mentaiko. So the snack is a little bit spicy.

But the spiciness can help make a bowl of white rice appetizing when used as Furikake.


Now, let’s proceed to the main subject and get the preparation started.

First, crush the Umaibo Mentai stick into small pieces by hand before opening the bag.

Then, open the bag and sprinkle the bits over a warm bowl of white rice.

Drizzle a little soy sauce on the snack.

As a finishing touch, sprinkle some Shichimi Togarashi spice mix over the rice, and it’s ready to eat!


On my first try, I found the Umaibo Mentai Furikake tastes quite good and goes perfectly with steamed plain rice.

The flakes have a pleasant crispy bite, and the addition of Shichimi Togarashi gives it nice aromatic spiciness.

If you are interested in this recipe, I recommend coarsely crushing the Umaibo so that the crispy texture is somewhat left.

As a result, the Furikake 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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