The Fluffiest Rice Snack in Japan
Senbei (せんべい), Okaki (おかき), and Arare (あられ), are the 3 types of Japanese rice snacks that represent Japan.(If you want to know about the difference between them, this article will help you.)
As rice is a staple food in Japan, there are a variety of rice snacks with various flavors and textures other than the 3 traditional rice crackers.
Speaking of the texture, most Japanese rice snacks, including Senbei, Okaki, and Arare, have a hard texture rather than a soft texture.
Echigo Seika Funwari Meijin – The fluffiest rice snack series in Japan
In spite of the fact, there is a super fluffy rice snack series in Japan, whose original product was released in 2005.
The popular rice snack series of Echigo Seika Confectionery is named “Funwari Meijin (ふんわり名人)”.The series name literally means “The master-hand at forming fluffy things” in Japanese.
As the series name means, the rice snack of “Funwari Meijin” is the fluffiest snack that I have ever eaten.Today I picked up the original product, “Funwari Meijin Kinako Mochi (ふんわり名人 きなこ餅)” (Amazon.com), at a supermarket near my house to introduce.
Funwari Meijin Kinako Mochi – The original product in the series
The package includes 6 small bags of the fluffiest rice snack coated with sweet kinako (roasted soybean flour).The ingredient other than kinako flour includes glutinous rice, sugar, glucose, salt, and vegetable fats and oils.
The rice snack is characterized by the use of “Wasanbon (和三盆)”, a kind of traditional Japanese sugar that features its mellow flavor, fine particles, and excellent melting feeling, as well as its super soft, fluffy texture.
Besides, the combo of kinako and Wasanbon is also great.The pair is perfect like the flavors of traditional Japanese confections.
As you can imagine from the movie, when you put the rice snack in your mouth, it collapses immediately and melts in the mouth.
Luckily the Japanese rice snack is available at Amazon.com.If you are interested, I want you to try it out once.These rice snacks are really fluffy, yummy, addictive, and truly worth a try.