Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese 7 Spice Mixture)
We season our shichimi togarashi using our unique process of preparation that has not changed since the old days. Given that shichimi means "seven flavors," this condiment is a blend of the following 7 spices, as its name suggests. Ground red chili pepper serves as the base. Ginger provides spiciness and a refreshing aroma. Shiso enhances the natural flavor of the ingredients. Sansho, or Japanese pepper, has a spiciness and aroma that combine to produce a slight numbing sensation. We also add the dried peel of mature satsuma mandarin. The nutty flavor of sesame seed mellows the spiciness. The last ingredient is the highly fragrant peel of yuzu produced in Japan. We blend these spices using our secret ratio, resulting in shichimi togarashi that has a spicy kick that is complemented by the combination of aromas. In Japan, it is mainly sprinkled over noodles, stir-fried dishes, and soups. This condiment is Yawataya Isogoro's staple product that has continued to be loved since our founding.