S&B Shichimi Togarashi vs. House Shichimi Togarashi


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5 Responses

  1. Besimple says:

    I started sprinkling a little Shichimi in miso some time ago and really like it. I’m glad to read some Japanese people do to because I thought I might be breaking a rule!

    • Tomo says:

      There is no problem! You can use shichimi for anything as you like.
      In fact, some shichimi lovers sprinkle it even on ice cream!

  2. Steve says:

    Hello, I bought House Foods Shichimi Togarashi through Amazon. When it arrived, I read the label to learn the ingredients. The label says that it contains “Shellfish (shrimp and crab)”. I am a vegan, so I will not use this product. The House Foods website does not list shellfish as an ingredient in its Shichimi Togarishi. Does all Shichimi Togarishi contain shellfish? Thank you for your help.

    • Tomo says:

      Thank you for commenting!
      Usually, Shichimi doesn’t contain shellfish. But when the makers sell the spice blend overseas, they may change some ingredients to meet the legal requirements of the exporting countries, as some, for example, ban the use of poppy and hemp seeds in food products, which are common ingredients of Shichimi Togarashi.

    • Tomo says:

      As per the info on the official site of House Foods, another possibility is that the Aonori seaweed used in their Shichimi is taken from the sea by a method that may contaminate it with shellfish, including shrimp and crab.

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