I don’t like senbei, a type of Japanese rice crackers. I would eat it if someone offered it to me, but I don’t buy it for my own consumption. There is only one exception, kabukiage. My son also loves it. I think the snack has something to appeal to Americans.
Unlike regular senbei, kabukiage is deep fried, and flavored with sweet soy sauce. It’s not only loaded with carbs, but also high in fat. But it’s so delicious. It goes well with both green tea and beer. Maybe that’s why we like it so much.
The history of kabukiage is pretty new. It was created in 1960. Original every single kabukiage crackers bore emblems of kabuki actors houses. Now you don’t see kamon on it, but the name stayed.
If you want to look for kabukiage in Japanese or at Asian grocery stores, look for kabuki tricolor, which are orange, green, and black. Those three color combination is always printed on packages.