Bakauke : 5 modern flavors of the long-selling Senbei rice crackers

Just like, in each country, there are some unique snack foods that are unlike any other in the world, there are such snacks in Japan as well. If I give a typical example of such distinctive Japanese snacks, Senbei (煎餅) is famous with a long history.

As you may know, Senbei is known as one of traditional Japanese rice crackers and made by pounding non-glutinous rice, shaping the rice into a round shape, and then baking it.

Traditional Senbei rice crackers has a hard crunchy texture and are flavored with soy sauce or salt. However, in modern times, Senbei comes in many types and tends to be flavored with the flavoring that the present generation likes.

A representative example of such modern Senbei is “Bakauke (ばかうけ)”, whose series has various flavors that children and young people prefer. The original snack of the Bakauke series was released in 1990 and now it has become a standard rice snack in Japan.

5 Modern Flavors of Bakauke Senbei Rice Crackers

If you want to try various flavors of Bakauke Senbei, the above Bakauke snack assortment ( is highly recommended. The bag contains 5 flavors of Senbei rice crackers, that is, Corn potage, Nori seaweed and Soy sauce, Sesame and Soy sauce, Cheese, and Mild curry. Here are my brief reviews of the 5 flavors of Bakauke snacks.

Corn Potage

This corn potage snack has a light and mild corn potage flavor as compared to Umaibo Corn Potage Snack, and Riska Corn Potage Snack.

Nori Seaweed and Soy Sauce

Bakauke Nori seaweed and Soy sauce is the original Senbei of Bakauke series. This one is also lightly seasoned and has a subtle aroma of Nori seaweed and soy sauce.

Sesame and Soy Sauce

Compared to the above 2 flavors, this Sesame and Soy sauce is well-seasoned and has a nice aroma of sesame seeds.


This cheese-flavored Bakauke snack is also well-seasoned but doesn’t have a strong flavor of cheese. It won’t let you down.

Mild Curry

Compared to the others, this Bakauke curry flavor is somewhat salty but doesn’t have a strong flavor of curry.

In Conclusion

Overall, the Bakauke rice snack has a light and mild flavor compared to other Senbei rice crackers. I think that these crackers can be a nice treat for kids since they are lightly seasoned with the flavorings that children will like. However, if you love strongly seasoned snacks, you mightn’t like them.

Japanese Senbei Assortment Bakauke, 40 packs, 5 Flavors


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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