Kawara Senbei : Traditional Roof-Tile-Like Wheat Crackers

“Senbei (せんべい)” is known as a traditional Japanese rice cracker made from non-glutinous rice, but there are some exceptions and those aren’t made with rice.

For example, what I purchased this time is included in the exceptional examples and is made from wheat flour, not rice.

Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)

Kawara Senbei

The name of the Senbei whose main ingredient is wheat flour that I bought is “Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)”.

Kawara Senbei is a traditional Japanese baked confection with over 100 years of history, which is made basically with sugar, wheat flour and eggs.

Hence, unlike most Senbei rice crackers, the Japanese wheat cracker is sweet, not salty.

Kawara Senbei Wheat Crackers

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

Therefore, the roof-tile-like brown crackers are generally quite hard in texture, though, some Karara Senbei are produced soft.

Kawara Senbei are often branded on the surface like these.


The main ingredients (sugar, wheat flour and eggs) in Kawara Senbei are the same as the ones for Castella spongecake, and these wheat crackers taste like the small Japanese egg cookies Tamago Boro.

Where to Buy Kawara Senbei

Kawara Senbei is known as local specialties of Kobe and Takamatsu and is available in large supermarkets in Japan.

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


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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