UHA Mikakuto Korokke no Manma Croquette Cracker
In September 2017, a unique snack that couldn’t be seen before was introduced into Japan’s market by UHA Mikakuto, which I bought today for this blog article.
UHA Mikakuto Korokke no Manma
What I picked up this time is this “Korokke no Manma (コロッケのまんま)” cracker from UHA Mikakuto’s “Sozai no Manma (惣菜のまんま: Side Dishes as They are)” series.
As you can see in the photo above, a picture of a delicious-looking croquette is printed on the package front, to which I was attracted.
In the bag, there are 5 pieces of breaded fried snacks. As the Japanese phrase “のまんま” means “as it is”, the Japanese treat UHA Korokke no Manma is actually something like a miniature version of croquette.
In texture, unlike real croquettes, these breaded fries are pleasantly crispy like a cracker, but their taste and smell are very close to actual croquettes, which makes me think the snack is like a small, freeze-dried croquette.
According to the ingredient list, the croquette-like Japanese cracker, UHA Korokke no Manma mainly consists of vegetable fat and oil, Panko breadcrumbs, granular vegetable protein, sugar, powdered vegetable protein, lard, chicken, onion, dried mashed potatoes, starch, soy sauce, wheat flour, beef flavoring paste, salt, spices, soy powder, powdered skim milk, and egg yolk powder.
As you can see from the above, the UHA Korokke no Manma cracker is made with almost the same ingredients as the croquettes that are commonly made in Japanese households.
I don’t know how exactly the croquette cracker is produced, but to me, it tastes like a freeze-dried croquette.
Where to Buy
Today, the UHA Korokke no Manma cracker has gained wide popularity in Japan, so it is available in many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country and can be bought for 150 yen (1.4 USD) or so.