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Cacahuate Japones Variations?

Eat_Nopal Feb 13, 2008 03:48 PM

For those uninitiated... Cacahuate Japones (literally Japanes Peanut) is a common bar snack in Mexico consisting of roasted peanuts with a cruncy coating typically containing corn meal, soy sauce & msg.

At this point can one of our Japanese experts, perhaps Sam Fujisaka, tell us something about this snack... history, provenance etc?

Continuing.... Last night I picked up a bag, at a random Liquor Store in the Chicago area... and they tasted different to me... at first I wasn't too into them but then they grew on my... and as I carefully inspected the label it simply stated "Cajun" underneath Cacahuate Japones... incidently the brand is El Pajarito from Chicago - this is the first regional U.S. variation I have found of this snack and so now I am curious whether there are other variations around the country.

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  1. kare_raisu Feb 20, 2008 09:36 AM

    Only aware of the blue geisha cachuates _ have you seen these?

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    1. re: kare_raisu
      Eat_Nopal Feb 20, 2008 10:12 AM

      Oh yeah.... Pepecuates that is the brand that was most readily available growing up.

      1. re: Eat_Nopal
        Pakkai Feb 21, 2008 05:25 PM

        These are the best I've had of the cacahuates japones variety. The texture was fresh and light and crunchy. Not hard.
        They're Japanese crackers that have the name
        "Kongo Mamefubuki" written under some Japanese writing (3 blue characters). I purchased these at Nijiya Japanese market which is a chain market. I assume they probably sell these at other Japanese markets. They are 60% cacahuates and the rest a variety of crackers. Please try them and tell me what you think. I hope it is a good recommendation.

        1. re: Pakkai
          Eat_Nopal Feb 21, 2008 06:24 PM

          Thanks will look for those.,.. glad to know at least have some confirmation that there really is a Japanese connection.

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      sakelover75 Mar 26, 2008 08:57 PM

      I have read about their history in Mexico at least, and apparently, the whole Japanese Peanut craze in the land across the border started from a Japanese immigrant who started producing them in Mexico. http://www.easymexicanfood.com/japane...

      I have tried different varieties sold in Mexico, from the classic sabritas and geisha ones, however I tend to prefer the ones with a spicy shell.

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      1. re: sakelover75
        Eat_Nopal Mar 27, 2008 08:36 AM

        Thanks... that article put me in the right direction.... they mispelled the inventors name its Yoshigei instead of Noshigei.... but the story is confirmed in an El Universal story on the PYMES section.

      2. fromagina Mar 27, 2008 08:54 AM

        Does anyone attempt to make these cacahuates Japones at home? I'm familiar with Cacahuates Enchilades.. comal-roasted peanuts with salt, chile powder or flakes, and sometimes garlic.. sometimes lime juice is squeezed over the roasting peanuts and cooked into the nut.. delish!

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        1. re: fromagina
          Eat_Nopal May 20, 2008 10:36 AM

          Not me.

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          mstein23 Jul 11, 2008 04:59 PM

          Where can these be purchased in the USA? I always try to bring some back from Mexico, but can't find them in the US. Delta also used to serve lemon flavored ones on the trip from Mexico to the US, but the other way. Sabritas is one brand and it is only sold in Mexico.

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          1. re: mstein23
            Eat_Nopal Jul 11, 2008 06:41 PM

            Where do you live? I will find you the nearest source for Japoneses.

          2. Eat_Nopal Aug 15, 2008 01:27 AM

            On our first grocery shopping trip in Honolulu... I spotted coated peanuts in a variety of flavor combinations... all in Japanese packaging. I picked up a bag of "Red Iso Peanuts" these have a red hue to the coat with little strands of dried algae interspersed throughout. No doubt they are a "Real Japanese Thing"

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