What is Menbei?

Menbei is a special type of “senbei” – or Japanese cracker made from potato dough – infused with the seafood essence of mentaiko, which is fresh roe marinated in salt and red chili peppers.

Mentaiko, also known as spiced cod roe and considered the red caviar of Japan, is a local delicacy in Fukuoka. It is combined with rice flour and a blend of spices to produce a deliciously thin and crispy wafer.

Enhanced with the signature umami of spiced cod roe, the savory taste is both subtle and complex. Crunchy, salty, and a little spicy, our original Menbei crackers are popular around the world.

Also available in other flavors. Try them all!

Try one of our four Menbei flavors
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Fukutaro History

Established in 1909, Yamaguchi Aburaya Fukutaro began as a cooking oil merchant and grew into a general food manufacturer and wholesaler that specializes in spicy cod roe and other mentaiko-related foods.

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