Kawara Senbei : A classic Japanese wheat snack like a roof tile

“Senbei (せんべい)” is known as a traditional Japanese rice cracker. That is true. In fact, most Senbei crackers available in Japan are made from non-glutinous rice, but there are some exceptions. For example, what I purchased today applies to the exception, which is made from wheat flour, not rice.

Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい) : A classic Japanese wheat snack like a roof tile

The name of the Senbei whose main ingredient is wheat flour that I picked up this time is “Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)”. Kawara Senbei is made baking a mixture of sugar, wheat flour and egg, so unlike most Senbei rice crackers, the Japanese wheat snack is sweet, not salty.

When you look at these wheat Senbei crackers, what comes to mind? Actually, the Japanese word included in the Senbei name, “Kawara (瓦)” means roof tiles like which they are shaped.

Therefore, these Japanese wheat snacks are generally quite hard in texture, though there also exist some soft-type Karara Senbei crackers. Kawara Senbei are classic Japanese wheat crackers with over 100 years of history, which are usually branded on the surface like these.

The ingredients of Kawara Senbei are almost the same as the ones for Tamago Boro, so these wheat crackers taste like the small Japanese egg cookies, Tamago Boro.

Where to buy Kawara Senbei

Although Kawara Senbei is known as local specialties of Kobe and Takamatsu, large Japanese supermarkets are selling it.

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 瓦せんべい )


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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