Kawara Senbei: Roof Tile-Like Hard Wheat Crackers
“Senbei (せんべい)” is a traditional Japanese rice cracker made from non-glutinous rice called “Uruchi Mai (うるち米)”, the staple food of the Japanese, but some exceptions exist and they aren’t made with rice. For example, what I introduce here is made from wheat flour, not rice.
Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)
The name of the Senbei I bought today whose main ingredient is wheat flour is called “Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)”. Kawara Senbei is a traditional Japanese baked confection with over 100 years of history that is basically made with wheat flour, sugar, and eggs.
Hence, unlike most Senbei rice crackers made by baking non-glutinous rice dough, typically flavored with soy sauce or salt, the Japanese wheat cracker has a gently sweet taste and is not salty at all.
When you look at these brown wheat crackers, what comes to mind first? Actually, the word “Kawara (瓦)” refers to a traditional Japanese roof tile, like which they are shaped.
As you can see in the photo above, Kawara Senbei traditionally has Kanji Chinese characters and/or Hiragana letters branded on the surface and are quite hard in texture, though some products are produced soft.
Where to Buy
Kawara Senbei is known as the regional specialties of Kobe and Takamatsu and is available mainly in large supermarkets in Japan.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 瓦せんべい )