Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond: Addicting Savory Rice Crackers
The prefecture where I live, Niigata is famous as a rice-producing area in Japan. In fact, the rice is tasty, so Niigata’s Sake rice wine and rice snacks are also popular nationwide.
When it comes to the rice cracker that Niigata Prefecture boasts, “Kaki no Tane (柿の種)” is especially well-known. Kaki no Tane is a bit spicy, savory, orange-colored rice cracker that looks kind of like a crescent moon.
The classic Japanese rice snack actually originated in a confectionery company in Niigata “Naniwaya (浪花屋)” and is relatively well-recognized as Kameda Crisps in some overseas countries.
Other than Kaki no Tane, there are a variety of rice crackers from Niigata that are widely enjoyed in Japan. Representative examples of such products include Kameda Happy Turn, Potapota Yaki, Soft Salad, and Age Ichiban, and what I picked up today is also among them.
Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond (三幸製菓 チーズアーモンド)
The Niigata’s rice cracker I bought this time is this “Cheese Almond (チーズアーモンド)”, which is produced and sold by the confectionery company in Niigata “Sanko-Seika (三幸製菓)” and first went on the market in 1985.
This Japanese product has 16 small pieces of individually packed rice crackers in the package, and as the product name suggests, the Japanese rice cracker is topped with a whole almond and processed cheese.
These rice snacks are a kind of “Senbei (煎餅)“, which is a traditional Japanese rice cracker made of non-glutinous “Uruchi (うるち)” rice, the staple food of the Japanese.
The Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond is characterized by its fabulous combination of the crunchiness and savoriness of Senbei, the richness and creaminess of cheese, and the crispiness of almond, which makes the cracker an addicting savory snack food.
In fact, these Cheese Almond rice crackers are really delicious and go perfectly with beer, which is why if you are both a snack lover and a drinker, the Japanese snack food is highly recommended for you.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond cracker mainly consists of almond, non-glutinous Uruchi rice, whey powder, vegetable oil, cheese powder, starch, powdered skim milk, soy sauce, dextrin, bonito extract, and milk sugar.