Shichimiya Shichimi Togarashi : I tried the Kyoto’s famous spice blend

The other day, I obtained a “Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子)” that Kyoto boasts. 

Shichimi Togarashi is a traditional Japanese condiment consisting of coarsely ground red chili pepper and other 6 aromatic spices that vary depending on the maker. It is a common spice mix widely enjoyed in Japan.

When it comes to the Shichimi Togarashi known as specialties of Kyoto, Kuro Shichimi and Shichimiya Honpo’s Shichimi Togarashi are famous.

Kyoto Shichimiya Honpo Shichimi Togarashi

This time I got the latter spice blend, Shichimiya’s Shichimi Togarashi, and used it for the first time in my life. It is generally known that the Shichimi Togarashi produced by Kyoto Shichimiya Honpo is one of the Japan’s 3 best Shichimi Togarashi.

The product I purchased was made up of a bag of Shichimi Togarashi and a small can for the spice blend, so even if you use up the accompanying spice, you can use the container with a refill again.

When I opened the yellow bag for Shichimi Togarashi, the aromatic smell of Sansho pepper spread in the air.

The above are Shichimi Togarashi spices sold by Asakusa Yagenbori and Nagano Yawataya Isogoro, each of which is known as one of the Japan’s 3 best Shichimi Togarashi, together with that of Kyoto Shichimiya.

Compared to the 2 Shichimi Togarashi, this Shichimiya’s spice is dark brown in color. As I wrote above, this is because the spice composition in Shichimi Togarashi depends on the producer, but that results in each Shichimi Togarashi having its own distinctive features.

The ingredients (spices)

According to the ingredient list, this Shichimi Togarashi from Kyoto Shichimiya consists of red chili pepper, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, Sansho, green laver (Nori seaweed), green Shiso leaves, and hemp seeds.

The taste 

Although Shichimi Togarashi is somewhat spicy in general, this Shichimiya’s Shichimi isn’t spicy at all. Instead, it is excellent in smell compared to others, especially the aroma of Sansho pepper.

Since its aromatic smell is pleasant and delicate, I think the Shichimiya’s Shichimi Togarashi matches well with the dish (Miso soup, Udon and Soba, pickles, simmered dishes and so on) with a light flavor.



Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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