Over at The Japanese Snack Review, Orchid64 has a millionty different Senbei she’s reviewed (or 59, but still more than the 1 or 2 I have here) and she seems to like them more than less. The only other thing I can think of that I’ve reviewed which is similar is Ame no shu which we didn’t like so much. However, whilst snack shopping I found this and another this which was very similar but with a slightly different color and missing the words “Spicy”. Of course I got both because I love me a series of eats to review.
Senbei (or alternately sembei according to Wikipedia) is a Japanese rice cracker. By that definition I guess I’ve reviewed a lot more Senbei than I thought but only the Ame no shu look similar to these spicy fellas. That’s about all the similarity too. Perhaps Taiwanese based Hot Kid is a better Senbei maker because this time around, these fellas are delicious. They are nice and crispity even though they are about half again as thick as a Ritz. They also have a light drizzle of sweet hard frosting on one side and somewhere there is a delicious salty counterpart. Oh yeah, and the spicy.
I wouldn’t call these super spicy but then again I am used to a more Cajun spicy. For the average person, these have a spice that will build. It lingers nicely with a quiet burn but I don’t think that the spicy is enough to stop anyone but the most bland of food lovers from having two, three or even four of these right in a row.
I also wanted to mention that the cracker is a hearty rice cracker. Of the rice crackers I’ve tried, this one has an unusual almost wheatiness to it except there is no wheat listed in the ingredients. I don’t know how they did that, but it makes for a nice ricey cracker with a hint of wheaty depth. I rather quite like it.
Rating of 4 wasabi peas out of a possible 5 wasabi peas.