Pronounced "shee-CHEE-mee toh-gah-RAH-shee", Shichimi Togarashi is also known as Japanese 7 Spice or Yagenbori. To the uninitiated this seven spice powder may instantly bring to mind the better known Chinese Five Spice but really these couldn't be more different. Each has been expertly crafted over thousands of years and are closely tied into the unique cuisines of their native lands.
This versatile seasoning blend is one of the most popular table condiments in Japan. Shichimi Togarashi is also used to add both heat and flavor to dishes such as beef tataki, noodles (especially soba or udon), jasmine rice, hot pots, soups (most notably miso soup) and it goes well with fatty foods such as unagi (broiled eel), tempuras (battered and deep fried seafood or vegetables), shabu shabu (a rich broth dish), and yakitori (grilled dishes).
Hand blended from black pepper, cayenne, tangerine zest, garlic, poppy seed, black sesame and nori (Japanese seaweed).