What is Ebi-senbei?

Ebi-senbei: a delicious shrimp (ebi) flavored Japanese cracker (senbei)

Although these shrimp crackers are categorized as "sweets," people eating them for the first time might be surprised at the taste. The sweetness of the sugar and taste of wheat flour flavor are very subdued, with more emphasis placed on an expansive and rich shrimp flavor accompanied by a pleasantly crisp, crunchy texture.
Since ancient times, Japanese people have caught a wide variety of different shrimp from the surrounding seas, and these have been used in sushi, sashimi and a wide range of other such dishes. Shrimp crackers are said to have started out as a type of non-perishable food, and through the Japanese people's passion for food as well as their sophisticated technologies and techniques, the crackers evolved into a type of confection—the delicious shrimp crackers we have today.

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Experience true Japanese flavor with shrimp crackers—the perfect gift or souvenir!

Shrimp crackers come in different flavors and shapes depending
on the type of shrimp used, the cooking style and other such factors.
The history of Japan's culinary culture, the Japanese sense of
beauty and the cook's respect for the blessings of Mother
Nature can be sensed in every bite. Shrimp crackers are
delicious, traditional Japanese sweets with a rich history, and
their long shelf lives serve as an added advantage!
We recommend picking some up as a souvenir or gift.

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About Keishindo

Making shrimp crackers for 150 years: continued pursuit of delicious sweets with a spirit of warm welcome

Founded in 1866 (late Edo Period), Keishindo traces its roots to the Ohno Port on modern-day Aichi Prefecture's Chita Peninsula, where shrimp fishing has prospered since long ago. For the 150 years since, Keishindo has carefully chosen only the best ingredients, refined our cooking methods and pursued the highest levels of quality in order to produce tasty sweets that satisfy customers. As a one-of-a-kind company with thoroughgoing knowledge of shrimp, we devote ourselves to the continued creation of delectable shrimp crackers that emphasize the inherent flavors of their various ingredients, and also embody the seasonal changes of Japan and their distinctive characteristics.

Delicious shrimp crackers through a strong focus on freshness, ingredients and production methods

Freshness is the key to a good shrimp cracker, The northern shrimp (ama-ebi) we use, for are caught in the Sea of Japan near Hokkaido and processed at a plant also located in Hokkaido. Tiger prawns / kuruma shrimp (kuruma-ebi) are raised at western Japan shrimp farms and sent live to our processing plant in Aichi Prefecture. Aside from these main ingredients, other ingredients such as salt, sugar, starch and flour are all produced domestically in Japan. At Keishindo processing plants, we keep a close watch on the conditions of the shrimp and constantly make small adjustments to cooking temperatures, cooking times and other factors as necessary. Our proprietary production methods, which incorporate advanced techniques, make it possible to deliver delicious finished products to our customers.

Sugata-yaki(shrimp Grilled Live)

Whole shrimp from Japan are cooked after their innards and digestive tracts have been removed. It has long been considered good luck to serve fish, shrimp and other types of seafood with their heads still attached. This product type has a crispy texture and gives customers a chance to enjoy the flavor of the whole shrimp, from head to tail.

Arare-yaki (Shrimp Baked Covered with Cubic Rice Crackers)

It is a whole Japanese tiger prawn baked into a three-dimensional shrimp snack. A special technique is used so you can enjoy the entire shrimp including the shell. Please enjoy the natural and original flavor of the shrimp.

Iso-yaki (Grilled Whole Shrimp)

In order to cook the shrimp whole, each is shelled by hand, seasoned with a specially made sauce, and grilled on an iron griddle while preserving the original shape of the animal. This grilling style brings out the inherent flavors of the original shrimp.

Aburi-yaki(shrimp Paste Grilled and Oven-Cooked)

The meat of the shrimp is mixed with flour, starch, sugar, salt and other ingredients, then mashed into a paste, grilled on an iron griddle and dried to complete the cracker batter. After aging, this batter is cooked in an oven to produce crisp-textured crackers.

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