Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shichimi Togarashi, the Japanese Seven Spices

A popular food souvenir at some Japan’s famous shrine festivals and tourist sites, Shichimi Togarashi is a blend of seven flavors that tickles the tongue and enhance the flavor of noodles, grilled meat, and more. A typical blend may contain coarsely ground red chili pepper, ground sansho (Japanese pepper), roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, hemp seed, ground ginger and nori or aonori (seaweed). Some recipes may substitute or supplement these with poppy seed, yuzu peel, rapeseed or shiso.

Originally sold by herbal medicine shop in the 17th century in Edo, currently in Tokyo, Shichimi Togarashi is a spicy-savory blended of coarsely ground chilies plus varying ingredients depending on the region, manufactures and cook.

We sprinkle this Shichimi Togarashi over Udon noodles, Yakitori, hot pot dish, beef bowl the Gyudon, tempura and lots more! Enjoy sprinkle the Japanese Seven Spices, the Shichimi Togarashi!