Ume Nori-Maki Arare Seaweed-Roll Rice Crackers

Senbei, Okaki, and Arare are the 3 types of traditional Japanese rice crackers that are most commonly eaten in Japan as an afternoon tea snack. They are usually made by baking rice dough without using oil, and brushed with soy sauce.

While Senbei is generally made from non-glutinous rice called “Uruchi-Mai (うるち米)”, the staple food of the Japanese, the base ingredient in Okaki and Arare is glutinous rice called “Mochi-Gome (餅米)”.

Shoyu Okaki

According to the article “おかき” on Wikipedia Japan, there is no clear definition between Okaki and Arare rice crackers, and they are roughly distinguished by size, and in general, Okaki is larger, typically shaped like the above.

Norimaki Arare (のり巻きあられ)

Kameda Ume Norimaki Arare Rice Crackers

On the other hand, Arare mostly comes in small ball shapes or short stick shapes, and the latter stick version Arare is typically wrapped with a dry sheet of nori (laver) seaweed, as shown in the photo above. 

The seaweed roll Arare rice crackers are generally called “Nori-Maki Arare (のり巻あられ)”, which is one of the most common Arare varieties.

Flavors

As with other Japanese rice crackers, Norimaki Arare’s rice cracker part usually has a somewhat salty, savory Shoyu (soy sauce) flavor. 

Ume Norimaki Arare Rice Crackers

In addition to soy sauce, Nori-Maki Arare rice crackers are typically flavored with sour Umeboshi plums or pungent Wasabi horseradish, and what I bought this time features a slightly acidic taste from the Ume plum.

Meanwhile, the nori seaweed part is aromatic, taking the savory Arare rice cracker to another level, just like Sushi rolls.

Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Kameda Seika Ume Norimaki Arare Ingredients

Kameda Seika Ume Norimaki Arare Nutrition Facts

According to the ingredient list, the Ume Nori-Maki Arare from Kameda Seika mainly consists of Mochi Gome (glutinous rice), Shoyu (soy sauce), Nori (laver seaweed), vegetable fat and oil, sugar, Ume plum seasoning, mirin, seafood extract seasoning, dextrin, Ume vinegar powder, dried Ume plum flesh, and salt. 

Based on the nutrition facts, the Umeboshi-flavored seaweed roll rice cracker has 126 kcal per one bag (32 grams) and contains 0.99 g salt equivalents.

Tomo

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.

2 Responses

  1. WTR says:

    I love Nori-Maki Arare and just finished a bag today! We don’t have Japanese specific groceries here in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., but we do have groceries that are Vietnamese, Chinese or Korean owned and they all carry Nori-Maki Arare in their Japanese product sections. I’ve not seen the ume flavored, just the plain and wasabi, which is my favorite. They keep a long time once opened, so they are great to have on hand when i want a little Japanese taste! Thanks for your blog! It’s kept me company during the pandemic and you report on everyday things no one else covers. I especially like it when you explain the differences in Japanese products that are very similar. Very informative!

    • Tomo says:

      Thanks for the comment and you’re welcome!
      I love Nori-Maki Arare too, which is what Japanese grow up with, one of the most commonly eaten tea snacks here in Japan! Thank you, from now on I want to continue to introduce unique Japanese things I try in everyday life, and if necessary, I will improve the content of articles and add additional information!

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