Friday, January 22, 2010

Crispex (or Chex) Senbei with Addiction Advisory

Before you even think about making this, you should just know: Addictive. As. Crack. So unless you're committed to bingeing on this stuff several times a day, don't read any further. Just walk away from the screen and go about your day. Or go back to surfing the net for porn, or whatever it is you were doing. (And by the way, I know that some of you who found this blog after a google search for King Dong were not looking for Chinese take-out in Berkeley.)

Now back to this recipe. Around the holidays, our friend Chris gave us a bag of this crunchy snack stuff (in one of those cute little X-mas bags) and said something dismissive, like, oh it's nothing much. Two days later the bag was empty. I think I broke out in a cold sweat first. Must. Have. More. That's when Chris made his move, “oh you want the recipe, that'll be...a million dollars.” He laughed an evil laugh. If we wanted the goods, we'd have to put up the cash.

Okay, I made that last part up for dramatic effect. He actually just gave the recipe to us and said that he was glad we liked it. The recipe, which we changed just slightly due to the fact that I didn't know Crispex and Chex mix were different things and I just generally have a habit of not being able to follow directions, is below. Thanks to Yamaoka for parting with his mom's awesome recipe.

Note: Chris says: “Senbei is Japanese for . . . probably something like rice cracker mix” and “also,these non-conventional measurements are my mom's, so I really can't tell you what the difference between 'heaping' and 'very heaping' is, but somehow I think you'll work it out.”

Crispex/Chex Senbei

1 box Crispex or about 7 cups Chex cereal
2/3 jar Nori Furikake** (we used JFC brand Nori Komi Furikake)
2 tsps black sesame seed
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup corn syrup (overflowing)
6 Tablespoons sugar (very heaping)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon soy sauce (overflowing)
1 cups slivered almonds

1. Mix together the margarine, corn syrup, sugar, oil, soy sauce, and almonds over low heat until mixture is smooth and syrupy.
2. Coat large roasting pot with cooking spray and put in the cereal.
3. Pour nuts and syrup mixture over cereal and stir
4. Sprinkle with furikake and stir
5. Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. If the mixture still seems a little wet at the end, bake it for another 10 minutes.

Let cool for at least an hour or two before serving. Cool = crunchy. For a more savory mix, use a little less sugar and a bit more soy sauce.

**Furikake is basically an all purpose seasoning used in Japanese cooking, often as an addition to rice. This particular kind contains salt, sesame seeds, and tiny little seaweed flakes. It is surprisingly tasty, considering I'm not a seaweed fan (or a fan of seaweed).

1 comment:

  1. This is a unique sort of Chex mix, more savory than sweet that Im used to!