The Difference between Boro (Tamago Boro, Soba Boro) and Cookies

When I was small, my mother used to buy me “Tamago Boro (たまごボーロ)“. I actually loved the small Japanese egg cookies with an excellent light texture that melts in the mouth. They have a right amount of sugar and a right size and shape for kids. In Japan, not only do children enjoy the egg cookies, but Tamago Boro is also loved by many adults simply because it is really yum.

Boro and Cookies are the same thing or different?

In fact, 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, it seems that Bolo isn’t the name of a certain confection, whereas Japanese Boro is a Nanbangashi made by baking a mixture of wheat flour, sugar, egg, 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. I think Tamago Boro is light in texture and gives smooth melting feeling to the mouth as compared to cookies.

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 ingredients of the Soba Boro that I have now include wheat flour, sugar, hen’s egg, and baking powder.

These Soba Boro snacks have a shape like a blossom. As a matter of fact, Japanese Boro comes in various shapes, even though Tamago Boro usually has a small, round shape like the top image of this article.

This Soba Boro is brittle with a melting light texture similar to Tamago Boro. Although Soba Boro is a representative type of Japanese Boro snack, I hardly see it being sold. I got this one at a large supermarket located in the city of Niigata. If you want Soba Boro, it may be a good idea to buy it 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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