Look for this tri-color at a Japanese grocery store.

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.

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2 Responses to Kabukiage

  1. Rose April 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    [“a cote of arms” s/b ‘coat of arms] Every end of the year, my family pounds mochi using the usu and kine! The ‘seiro’ was made by an uncle who long passed and many of the ‘kine’ are made by my husband. We started doing this a few years ago as a way to stay connected to the old traditions. An aunt used to cut the mochi into small strips and fry them to make some snacks … they were so tasty! I tried, but my strips turned moldy before they actually dried. T.T I’ve made a kind of senbei in my toaster oven, but have yet to perfect the method (I ended up with lots of burnt pieces!).

    • Yuki April 14, 2014 at 12:01 am #

      Rose, what a great family you have! Keep enjoying the great family tradition, and I hope you can pass it on to your children.