Uni Senbei : Classic Sea Urchin Flavored Rice Crackers
“Uni (雲丹)”, or sea urchin is a luxurious sushi ingredient loved by many people around the world.
Since the sea urchin roe has a distinctive natural umami taste, in Japan it is sometimes used in snack foods.
When I think of such Japanese snacks, what comes to mind right away is “Uni Senbei (うにせんべい)”, also known as “Unisen (うにせん)”, which I purchased this time for this blog article.
Uni Senbei, or Unisen
The snack name, “Unisen (うにせん)” is composed of 2 words, “Uni (うに)” meaning “sea urchin” and “Sen (せん)” that stands for “Senbei (せんべい)”. Therefore, Unisen is the abbreviation for “Uni Senbei (うにせんべい)”.
Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker typically seasoned with soy sauce or salt, while Uni Senbei has a flavor of sea urchin.
The Uni Senbei is a classic snack that has been widely enjoyed in Japan for a long time.
These rice crackers have a crispy texture that melts in the mouth and are characterized by the rich umami of sea urchin.
In order to make the most of the original flavor of Uni, the rice snack is lightly salted.
Although these rice crackers are similar in shape to Okaki rice crackers, they are Senbei rice crackers because they are made from non-glutinous rice. “Okaki (おかき)” is made with glutinous rice, by the way.
Specifically, according to the ingredient list, the main ingredients of this Uni Senbei are non-glutinous rice, sea urchin, sugar, mirin, Sake lees, salt, soy sauce, powdered sea urchin roe, and egg yolk.
Where to Buy Uni Senbei
Uni Senbei are available at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan. By the way, I bought this product at a 7-eleven convenience store.