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.

Although Senbei is made of non-glutinous rice while Okaki and Arare are made from glutinous rice, these Japanese rice crackers usually have a pleasant crunchy texture in common.

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)

Iwatsuka Seika Niigata Nure Senbei and Nure Okaki

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.

Nure Senbei and Nure Okaki

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.

Nure Senbei and Nure Okaki Wet Rice Crackers

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)”.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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