Iwashi Senbei: Japanese Fish Cracker using Dried Sardine
When I went on errands yesterday, I saw Iwashi Senbei (いわしせんべい/鰯煎餅) on sale for the first time in a long time in a supermarket.
Senbei usually uses non-glutinous rice called Uruchi-Mai (うるち米) as its main ingredient, but there are some exceptions, and this variant is among them.
Iwashi Senbei (いわしせんべい)
Iwashi (いわし/鰯) is the word for sardine in English, and Iwashi Senbei is a traditional Japanese fish cracker using dried sardine.
I used to eat these crackers as a kid, but I rarely saw them sold recently. So when I found this product, I felt a little glad.
Iwashi Senbei is glazed with a sweet soy sauce using mirin and coated with white sesame seeds. And because of the glaze, the surface of this snack has a shine.
These sardine crackers are pleasantly crunchy and have the same delicious taste as I remember. This treat is sweet and savory, and I liked it as well as the Kin no Almond Fish snack.
Lastly, for your information, here are the specific ingredients and nutrition facts of the Iwashi Senbei from Kaneishi Foods.
|Dried sardine, Sugar, Starch hydrolysate, Soy sauce, Starch syrup, Sesame seed, Mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), Salt, Seasoning (Amino acid), Spice extract (Partially including Wheat, Soybean, and Sesame)|
|Salt equivalents||0.68 g|
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 煎餅 )