Yawataya Isogoro Ultimate Spices Set

Traditional Japanese spice assortment

Japanese cuisine isn't exactly famous for its spices: in nearby East and Southeast Asia, there are cuisines that out-spice it by orders of magnitude. But if you think that Japanese cooking completely lacks spiciness, you'd be very wrong because it too has its secret weapon: shichimi, "seven flavors," which takes its name from its mix of seven red-hot ingredients including chili pepper, sansho (Japanese pepper), sesame seeds, ground ginger, and hemp seeds. And if you think that sounds good, how about eight variations of it? Because this is exactly what you get with the Yawataya Isogoro Ultimate Spices Set!

And there's a reason for such diversity: the Yawataya Isogoro Ultimate Spices Set has been made by a spice maker from the province that used to be called Shinshu, now Nagano Prefecture, and which has been in this business since 1736! As for the "ultimate" part, with one can of extra strong Shichimi Togarashi, strong Baisen Ichimi (made of roasted chili peppers), Yuzu Shichimi (with added yuzu citrus), and Ramen Shichimi (for your ramen noodles), and plus a bottle of Sansho Powder, Shichimi Garam Masala (for when you are in the mood for Indian), and Sansho Shichimi, what else could you call this amazing assortment?

Specs and Features:

  • Contains 8 cans/bottles of spices
  • Shichimi Togarashi can: 14 g (0.5 oz)
  • Baisen Ichimi can: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Yuzu Shichimi can: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Ramen Shichimi can: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Sansho Powder bottle: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Shichimi Garam Masala bottle: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Sansho Shichimi bottle: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Box dimensions: approx. 21 x 5 x 19 cm (8.3 x 2 x 7.5")
  • Made by Nagano spice maker Yawataya Isogoro (est. 1736)
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US$ 82