Arare is a yummy and crunchy Japanese soy sauce flavored bite sized rice cracker. They are in fun shapes such as the one above. I used to love the flower shaped ones when I was a kid. It is eaten as a snack like one would eat any other cracker. The great news about these crackers are that most varieties have very little fat. The bad news is that they are high in sodium. They are an extremely popular snack food in Hawaii where you can purchase them at the movies or find them mixed into bags of microwave popcorn.
I am submitting a cookie recipe at the blog party that uses arare as part of its ingredients. It is a recipe from Hawaii that I received from Lani, my friend Monika’s mother. Although it is not low in fat, is super tasty and has wonderful texture. It is a great indulgence. Arare can be found in Japanese and other asian markets. If you live in an area with lots of Asians, you may also be able to find it in the Asian section of your local supermarket. 🙂