I discovered shichimi at the Japanese restaurant Wagamamas’.
Shichimi is a Japanese spice mixture containing seven ingredients:
- Coarsely ground red chilli pepper (the main ingredient)
- Ground sanshō (Japanese pepper)
- Roasted orange peel
- Black sesame
- White sesame seed
- Hemp seed
- Ground ginger
- Nori or aonori (seaweed)
If there was only one food type that I could eat for the rest of my life, I would choose Japanese food; typically fresh, healthy and with so much flavour. Shichimi is the perfect accompaniment and adds pep to any dish.