This amazingly addicting snack combines Japanese flavors with American popcorn. Furikake and kakimochi (rice crackers) are sprinkled over buttery popcorn for something that is simultaneously sweet and salty, rich and airy, with an umami punch.
Furikake, a Japanese condiment made of dried nori seaweed mixed with salt, sesame seeds, and sometimes even eggs or dried fish flakes, is usually sprinkled over rice but instead is used to great effect over popcorn. I last used it in another hapa snack food: furikake chex mix.
Kakimochi, also known as arare (あられ) are more well known here in America. Any gas station probably has a very bland and maybe stale "oriental snack mix" which is primarily rice crackers. Believe me when I tell you that most kakimochi is worlds above this travesty; soy sauce and nori make for an assertively flavored sweet crunchy cracker that seems to be both melt-in-your-mouth and snappy. You could say that the furikake chex mix was really a kakimochi mix made with western crackers, with the same flavor principles of sweet and salty.
|No fancy ingredient here!|
I, being seriously special in a lot of ways, could never say "arare" very well, so I called them mochi crackers or rice crackers. I still have trouble saying it. And "birthday."
Just because I can't always say it, doesn't mean I have trouble eating it!
1 bag of popcorn (any plain buttered variety)
1/4 cup nori gomi furikake
2-4 tbs butter
shoyu to taste (just a dash)
1-2 cups of kakimochi
Furikake Chex Mix
Shiso Katsuo Ninniku