Bakauke : 5 Flavors of the Modern Senbei Rice Crackers

Just as each country has some one-of-a-kind snack foods that are unlike any other in the world, there are such snacks in Japan as well. If I give a representative example of such unique Japanese snacks, “Senbei (煎餅)” is especially famous with a long history.

As you might already know, Senbei is known as one of traditional Japanese rice crackers and traditionally made by pounding non-glutinous “Uruchi” rice, shaping the rice dough into a somewhat thick, round shape, and then baking it.

Traditional Senbei rice crackers typically have a hard crunchy texture and are flavored mainly with soy sauce or salt. However, in modern times, Senbei comes in many varieties and tends to be flavored using the flavoring agents that are favored by the present generation.

A quintessential example of such modern Senbei products is “Bakauke (ばかうけ)”, and in fact the Senbei series has various flavors that children and young people prefer.

The original product of the Bakauke series was released in 1990 by the Niigata-based confectionery company “Kuriyama Beika (栗山米菓: Befco)” and today Bakauke has become a standard rice snack in Japan.

5 Modern Flavors of Bakauke Senbei Rice Crackers

Kuriyama Beika (Befco) Bakauke

If you want to try modern flavors of Bakauke Senbei, the Bakauke snack assortment ( shown above is highly recommended. The product is made up of 5 modern flavors of Senbei rice crackers, Corn Potage, Nori Seaweed (Aonori) and Soy Sauce (Shoyu), Sesame and Soy Sauce, Cheese, and Mild Curry.

For those who are interested in the Bakauke flavors, here are my brief reviews.

Corn Potage

Bakauke Corn Potage Flavor

The corn potage flavored Bakauke Senbei is lightly seasoned and has a mild corn potage flavor as compared to the Umaibo Corn Potage Snack and the Riska Corn Potage Snack.

Nori Seaweed (Aonori) and Soy Sauce (Shoyu)

Bakauke Aonori Shoyu Flavor

The Bakauke Aonori Shoyu flavor is the original flavor of the series. This Senbei is also lightly seasoned and features a subtle fragrance of Nori seaweed and soy sauce. The tiny spots on the surface are the Nori seaweed called Aonori.

Sesame and Soy Sauce

Bakauke Sesame and Soy Sauce Flavor

Compared to the above 2 flavors, this Sesame and Soy sauce Senbei has a strong flavor and is characterized by the nice aroma from the sesame seeds in the dough.


Bakauke Cheese Flavor

This cheese-flavored Bakauke snack is well-seasoned and has a mild cheese flavor.

Mild Curry

Bakauke Mild Curry Flavor

The Bakauke curry Senbei is somewhat salty compared to the other flavors and has a light curry flavor.


5 Flavors of Bakauke Senbei

Overall, the Bakauke Senbei is lightly seasoned and has a mild flavor compared to its counterparts. Besides, the flavors are quite unique as Senbei flavors. Because of this, I think these Japanese rice crackers can be a nice treat for kids. However, if you love strong-flavored snacks, I think you would not like them.

Japanese Senbei Assortment Bakauke, 40 Packs, 5 Flavors


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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