Japanese Wet Rice Crackers : Nure Senbei and Nure Okaki
“Senbei (煎餅)”, “Okaki (おかき)” and “Arare (あられ)” are 3 major types of traditional Japanese rice crackers which have been favorites of us Japanese since a very long time ago.
However, there is an exceptional variety of Senbei and Okaki, which isn’t crunchy at all in texture, but soft, moist, and chewy.
Nure Senbei (ぬれせんべい) and Nure Okaki (ぬれおかき)
For the texture, the exceptional type of Senbei and Okaki has the word “Nure (ぬれ)” meaning “wet” in the name.
Different from regular baked Senbei and Okaki, these rice crackers are dipped in soy sauce during the producing process, resulting in having a soft, moist texture.
Besides, Nure Okaki and Nure Senbei pack a lot of flavor in the dough, because the sauce infiltrates while the dough is being dipped.
Actually, Nure Senbei and Nure Okaki are modern rice crackers. The former was first created by a confectionery shop located in Choshi, Chiba, “Kashiwaya (柏屋)” (Google Map), and went on sale in 1963.
Now, some major Japanese confectionery companies are producing wet Okaki and Senbei, but I haven’t heard of Nure Arare yet. By the way, Nure Senbei is sometimes abbreviated to “Nuresen (ぬれせん)”.