Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond : Addicting Savory Senbei Rice Crackers
The prefecture where I live, Niigata is famous as a rice-producing area in Japan. 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)” (Amazon.com) is especially famous. Kaki no Tane is a little bit spicy, savory rice cracker that looks like a crescent moon.
The classic orange-colored snack actually originated in a confectionery company in Niigata “Naniwaya (浪花屋)” and is well-known as Kameda Crisps in overseas countries.
Other than Kaki no Tane, there are a variety of Niigata’s rice crackers that are widely enjoyed in Japan. Representative examples of such products include Kameda Happy Turn, Potapota Yaki, Soft Salad, Age Ichiban, and what I purchased today is also one of them.
Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond (三幸製菓 チーズアーモンド)
The Niigata’s rice cracker that I bought this time is the above Sanko-Seika Cheese Almond (Amazon.com). This product is produced and sold by a confectionery company in Niigata “Sanko-Seika (三幸製菓)” and went on the market in 1985.
This product has 16 small pieces of individually packed rice crackers in the package. As the product name indicates, the rice cracker is topped with an almond and process cheese.
This rice cracker is a kind of “Senbei (煎餅)“, which is a traditional Japanese rice cracker made from non-glutinous “Urchi (うるち)” rice, the staple food of the Japanese.
The Sanko-Seika’s Cheese Almond snack is characterized by its outstanding combination of the crunchiness and savoriness of Senbei, the richness and creaminess of cheese, and the crispiness of almond, and this results in an addicting savory rice cracker.
This Cheese Almond rice cracker is really delicious and goes perfectly with beer, so it is a highly recommended Japanese snack food. If you are interested and get a chance, why not give it a try? It is available not only at supermarkets in Japan, but also on some online shopping sites.
Finally, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Sanko-Seika’s Cheese Almond snack mainly consists of almond, non-glutinous Urchi rice, whey powder, vegetable oil, cheese powder, starch, powdered skim milk, soy sauce, dextrin, bonito extract, and milk sugar.