Ichimi Togarashi (Japanese Red Chili Pepper Powder), 0.42 oz
Made only with the Santaka variety chili pepper, whose fruit exhibits a vibrant red color and distinct spiciness, Yawataya Isogoro’s Ichimi Togarashi isn’t just hot, but has the sweetness and rich aroma of red pepper as well. This simple ground red chili pepper is crafted by the century-old togarashi manufacturer in Nagano Prefecture. The company performs the entire process of production in-house, from seeding, germinating, planting, growing, and harvesting the pepper to roasting and grinding it into Ichimi Togarashi. They are particular about their roasting method—careful temperature control and the right roasting time are the most crucial elements. At the final step of roasting, their craftspeople check the quality by using all of their five senses. Their preeminent roasting technique contributes to extracting the maximum amount of Santaka pepper’s flavor and aroma. Its bold umami and spiciness go well with any kind of cuisine including Japanese and Chinese.
Yawataya Isogoro’s Ichimi Togarashi adds an elegant heat and a touch of toasty aroma to dishes of any cuisine in any style. Simply sprinkle it on top of dishes as a garnish, or mix it with whatever you are cooking—rice, pasta, stir-fries, soups or stews. If you choose Japanese food, try it on udon and soba noodle soups, okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake), or tan tan ramen noodles (ramen topped with spicy meat sauce). Since it’s so versatile, you can even add a dash of Ichimi Togarashi to mayonnaise and soy sauce to create a savory and hot salad dressing or a spicy vegetable dip. It also adds a wonderful and unique kick to vegetable sticks, potato chips, French fries, pizza, and cocktails like Bloody Mary.