Ichimi Togarashi vs Shichimi Togarashi : What is the Difference?

“Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子)” and “Ichimi Togarashi (一味唐辛子)”, simply Shichimi and Ichimi are 2 traditional Japanese spices that are usually used as condiments.

As for the degree of recognition, I think the former spice mix is known better to overseas people, because Shichimi Togarashi is an essential condiment for Soba and Udon noodle soups. 

The Difference : Ichimi vs Shichimi

As you can guess from the names, Ichimi Togarashi is a spice condiment similar to Shichimi Togarashi, but what is the difference in ingredients, taste, and usage between them?

Ingredients

Togarashi

The Japanese word included in both, “Togarashi (唐辛子)” refers to red chili pepper in this case, while “Ichi (一)” and “Shichi (七)” have the meaning of “One” and “Seven” respectively.

Since the rest “Mi (味)” means “flavor” or “taste” in Japanese, Ichimi Togarashi has just one flavor (taste), that is, the one that comes from ground red chili pepper.

On the other hand, Shichimi Togarashi literally has 7 flavors and consists of ground red chili pepper and six other aromatic spices. The 6 spices other than its first ingredient red chili pepper varies depending on the maker.

But typically Sansho pepper, Orange peel, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, Shiso (perilla) leaves, green Nori (laver) seaweed, black sesame seeds, and ginger are often used in Shichimi Togarashi.

Taste

Ichimi Togarashi (一味唐辛子)
Ichimi Togarashi

Accordingly, Ichimi Togarashi is spicier than Shichimi in general.

However, the spiciness of red chili pepper differs by the place of production, the producing method and so on, so each Ichimi and Shichimi Togarashi product has a distinct spicy flavor.

In addition to ground red chili pepper, Shichimi Togarashi contains 6 other spices, hence the 7 spice blend is flavorful and fragrant as compared to Ichimi Togarashi.

Uses

Ichimi Togarashi is not too spicy but features being hot and spicy compared to Shichimi Togarashi.

Ichimi works unexpectedly well with various dishes from countries around the world, such as pizza, mapo tofu, sauteed vegetables, and curry.

On the other hand, Shichimi Togarashi goes especially well with foods in Japanese cuisine, like Udon and Soba noodle soups, Tsukemono, Yakitori, Gyudon beef bowl or miso soups.

If you want to know basic ways to use Shichimi Togarashi in detail, this article will help.

(Reference pages of this article : Olive Hitomawashi, Wikipedia 七味唐辛子, 一味唐辛子 )

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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