Natto Senbei: Rice Crackers with Fermented Soybeans
Made by fermenting steamed soybeans with natto bacteria, Natto is a superfood packed with nutrients but infamous for its unpleasant smell and slimy consistency.
In Japan, Natto is not only eaten as it is but the fermented beans are sometimes dried and also offered in the form of snacks.
Natto Senbei (納豆せんべい)
The Senbei with tiny bits of dried Natto is literally called “Natto Senbei (納豆せんべい)”. These rice crackers are brushed with sweet soy sauce and sprinkled with freeze-dry Natto flakes.
Drying Natto diminishes the stickiness and sliminess, making the beans quite easy to eat. When I opened the bag, a characteristic smell of Natto wafted out from the inside, but the Natto Senbei itself was very savory and almost didn’t taste of Natto.