What is Ito Togarashi?

“Togarashi (とうがらし, 唐辛子)” is the Japanese word for “chili pepper” whose representative varieties include “Taka no Tsume (鷹の爪: eagle talon)”, “Shima Togarashi (島唐辛子: island chili pepper)”, jalapeno, and habanero.

Meanwhile, “Ito (糸)” means “thread” in Japanese. So “Ito Togarashi (糸唐辛子)” is literally “chili pepper thread”. 

Ramen with Ito Togarashi

Have you ever seen a bowl of ramen like this topped with superfine strands of dried red chili peppers? The thread-like red garnish is Ito Togarashi, also known as “Itokiri Togarashi (糸切り唐辛子)”.

Ito Togarashi (糸唐辛子)

Ito Togarashi

Ito Togarashi is a shredded red chili pepper like a thread. It is usually made using a not that spicy variety whose placenta is removed, for the spiciness and heat of chili peppers mainly come from that part.

Silgochu on Korean Choregi salad

The chili pepper thread is used not only in Japanese cuisine but also in Chinese and Korean dishes. And in Korea, the red topping is called “Silgochu”.


Because of the brilliant red color, Ito Togarashi is used as a point decoration in the dish, making it more tempting and appetizing.

The red chili thread matches well with various dishes ranging from ramen, udon, and pasta to pickles, soup, and simmered dishes.

Where to Buy

Ito Togarashi is an inexpensive ingredient. In Japan, it can be bought at many supermarkets and 100-yen shops.

(Reference Page: Chili Chili Magazine )


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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