Tamago Senbei vs Tamasen: What is the Difference?

A few days ago, on the way home from work, as usual, I stopped by a supermarket and looked for something interesting for the blog article.

Tamago Senbei

As a result, I found this “Tamago Senbei (たまごせんべい: Japanese Egg Cracker)” and purchased it.

I have hardly eaten the classic Japanese cracker and knew very little about it, so today I did some research online.

Tamago Senbei and Tamasen 

When I googled it, I found the article titled “Tamasen (玉せん)” on Japanese Wikipedia where there was no description concerning Tamago Senbei.

Actually, according to other online sources, Tamago Senbei seems to be sometimes abbreviated to Tama-Sen.

But the Tamasen (Tamago Senbei) I bought this time was completely different from what was on Wikipedia Japan, and I found out that there are 2 types of Tamago Senbei.

Tamago Senbei Egg Crackers 

Tamago Senbei Cracker

The Tamago Senbei I have now is the classic Japanese egg cracker that has long been loved in Japan. It has the letters “Tamago Sen (たまご せん)” branded on the top face.

Tamago Senbei Japanese Egg Cracker Ingredients

Incidentally, based on the ingredient list on the back of the package, this Tamago Senbei is made from wheat flour, sugar, egg, shortening, and baking soda.

Kawara Senbei 

Therefore, this Tamago Senbei is a cracker very close to “Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)“, though the former is soft and crispy, while, in general, the latter has a quite hard, crunchy texture.

Nagoya’s Specialty Tamasen 

Nagoya Tamasen

On the other hand, this post about “Tamasen (玉せん)” on Wikipedia Japan describes a specialty of Nagoya called Tamasen.

In the city of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, the food Tamasen is a popular snack treat for kids, which is often offered by street food stalls at festivals as well as by Dagashiya candy shops in the city.

Tamasen Snacks

Nagoya’s Tamasen typically consists of a folded “Tako Senbei (たこせんべい: Octopus Cracker)” or “Ebi Senbei (えびせんべい: Shrimp Cracker)” dressed with Okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise, in between which a fried egg or scrambled eggs are sandwiched.


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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