Tamago Senbei vs Tamasen : What is the Difference?
A few days ago, on the way home from work, I stopped by a supermarket and looked for something interesting for the blog article as usual.
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 in my life and knew very little about it, so I did some research online.
Tamago Senbei and Tamasen
When I googled it, I found the article on “Tamasen (玉せん)” on Wikipedia Japan where there was no post concerning Tamago Senbei.
Actually, according to other online sources, Tamago Senbei seems to be sometimes abbreviated to Tamasen.
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 in Japan.
Tamago Senbei Egg Crackers
The Tamago Senbei I have now is the classic Japanese egg cracker that has long been loved around the country. It has the letters “Tamago Sen (たまごせん)” branded on the top face.
Besides, 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.
Therefore, the Tamago Senbei is a Japanese cracker very close to “Kawara Senbei (瓦せんべい)“, though the former is soft, crispy in texture, while in general the latter has a quite hard, crunchy texture.
Nagoya’s Specialty Tamasen
On the other hand, this article on “Tamasen (玉せん)” on Wikipedia Japan describes Nagoya’s specialty food, Tamasen.
In the city of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, the Tamasen is a popular snack food for kids often offered by street food stalls at festivals as well as by Dagashiya candy shops in the city.
The 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 is sandwiched.