The Difference: Boro (Tamago Boro, Soba Boro) vs Cookies

When I was small, my mother used to buy me “Tamago Boro (たまごボーロ)“. I actually loved the small egg cookies, because they had an excellent light texture that melts in the mouth.

In fact, the Japanese egg cookies have a perfect degree of sweetness and a right size and shape for kids.

In Japan, not only do children enjoy Tamago Boro, but the small ball-shaped egg cookie is also loved by many adults, simply because it is really yummy.

Boro and Cookies are the Same Thing or Different Things?

Tamago Boro Egg Cookies

Even now, I am fond of eating Tamago Boro and other Japanese “Boro (ボーロ)” snacks. You might wonder whether Boro is the same thing as cookies, so I searched online what the difference between them is.

According to Wikipedia Japan, Boro has its roots in Portuguese “Bolo” referring to the confections in general.

Hence, Bolo isn’t the name of a certain confection, whereas Japanese Boro is a Nanbangashi made by baking a mixture of wheat flour, sugar, eggs, milk and so on.

“Nanban-gashi (南蛮菓子)” are the Japanese sweet treats derived from Portuguese or Spanish recipes.

Tamago Boro is the quintessential Japanese Boro snack, so strictly speaking it isn’t cookie. As a matter of fact, compared to cookies, I think Tamago Boro is light in texture and gives a smooth melting feeling to the mouth.

Iwamoto-Seika Tamago Boro Mini Egg Cookies

Soba Boro (そばぼうろ)

Soba Boro, together with Tamago Boro, is a common Japanese Boro snack. If you know what the former word “Soba (そば)” means, you can guess what the flavor of Soba Boro is. By the way, “Tamago (たまご)” means eggs in Japanese.


As many people know, Soba is buckwheat and its taste characterizes Soba Boro. The other main ingredients in the Soba Boro that I have now are wheat flour, sugar, hen’s egg, and baking powder.


Soba Boro

These Soba Boro have a shape like a blossom. Actually, Japanese Boro comes in various shapes, even though Tamago Boro is usually shaped like a small ball, like the top image of this article.

Similar to Tamago Boro, this Soba Boro is light, brittle in texture and melts in the mouth.

Where to Buy Soba Boro

Although Soba Boro is a representative Japanese Boro snack, I hardly see it being sold. I got this one at a large supermarket in the city of Niigata, by the way.

So, if you really want Soba Boro, it may be a good idea to buy the snack on online shopping sites.


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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