Seriously crunchy crackers

Good morning everyone,

If you're one of those people who's looking forward to some rain, you're going to be sorely disappointed. There may be a few more clouds in the sky than we've seen recently, but there's still no rain in our immediate future here in Hiroshima. Temperatures will drop a bit tomorrow and Tuesday with highs of only 20C or so, but by the middle of the week, it'll be back up to 25C in the middle of the day with overnight lows in the mid-teens.

I’d like to fancy myself a man of refined tastes. When I eat ice cream it certainly ought to be rose flavored. My Kit Kats? Well, they better be sakura or kinako flavored. My potato chips? If they're not wasabi flavored, I won't touch them. And when it comes to crackers, I accept nothing less than those doused in the essence of sea urchins.

And now you can too! All you have to do is pick up a pack of Waza No Koda Wari Noko Uni Shoyu crackers at your local food vendor this winter season.

These little 44-gram bags of rice crackers are deeply penetrated by the fine flavors of both soy sauce and sea urchin. The Noko Uni Shoyu part of the name means a slathering of sea urchin paste along with a blend of two distinct soy sauce flavors: the heavy saltiness of Koikuchi Soy Sauce with the strong savoriness of Tamari Soy Sauce.

To be honest, this much flavoring would be way too much for a normal cracker, but luckily these are Waza No Koda Wari crackers-they're not just any old cracker. First they're backed insanely thick and then crushed into the thick chunks that make up the crackers, only rice crackers this thick can handle such a heavy taste.

After opening a bag, the salty aroma of sea urchin filled the room—a potent scent from such a tiny bag of snacks. Sure enough, after eating there was no surprise regarding the taste. It was every bit as salty and satisfying as an ocean wind, but that was hardly the most impressive thing about these crackers.

In order to support such a hardy taste, these crackers were exceptionally crunchy. They weren’t impossible to bite through like a jaw-breaker candy, but just within the limits of the average human jaw. As a result, biting into it caused vibrations to ripple through my brain.

Even though every bite caused my skull to rattle around in the oddest way, it was still painless and delicious. If you want to experience this unique texture too, then pop into a convenience store or supermarket anywhere in Japan before the end of February and pick up a bag for about Y120.

It truly is a unique rice cracker, and this is coming from a guy who's eaten wasp-filled ones. Japan sure has some weird strange unique flavors, doesn't it? Don't take that the wrong way-I never would have tried these crackers 10 years ago and it would have been my loss. They're really good! Now all I need is to find someone who will buy me some expensive green tea to wash them down...ha ha!

Have a great day!

PS I wouldn't really drink green tea with these crackers. These are definitely best eaten with beer.

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