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Do a spice tasting at this shop specializing in shichimi

Ochanoko-Saisai Nishiki

/ おちゃのこさいさい 錦店
ochanoko sai sai
Do you love to have some spice in your food? At Ochanoko Sai Sai, you can find spices that give some kick in your cooking. The chili peppers used in their products are grown in-country. You can first try each spice and see if the spicy level suits your taste. The packaging of the products is very cute, and they will make an excellent Japanese souvenir!
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This Nishiki branch is located inside the popular Nishiki Market street, so there are many people from all over the world visiting this store! They all seem to enjoy tasting different spices here and compare the taste to see which one they like. Some buy multiple products for them to pass out as souvenirs. Have fun and think of what kind of food you could play round with by using these spices.
Recommend !
Shichimi / ¥540 (10g packet)
One of the most popular products is this 7-spice blend spice or shichimi. Shichimi is a traditional Japanese spice that is commonly known in Japanese households. The package states it is the world spiciest shichimi. Whether it’s the world’s spiciest or not, you can only tell by trying it. Check out the illustration on the package, it may give you a hint of the spice level.
chili oil flavored topping
Recommend !
Kyoto Style Chili Oil-Flavored Topping / ¥594 (80g)
Another popular product in the store are these Kyoto style chili oil-flavored topping. It’s great to be used on top of plain white rice or anything to spice-up. It is seasoned with sesame oil, garlic, spring onions and hot chili oil.
curry rice crackers
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Curry Rice Crackers / ¥864
Try this delicious round curry-flavor snack. They are especially great for those who love the flavors of curry. Try it first to see if the level of spiciness. These will make a great souvenir for those who love spicy snacks.
black shichimi
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Black Shichimi / ¥648
Some customers are seen buying several different types of spices in these round cans. Try the black shichimi that have a different distinct flavor compared to regular shichimi. All of the spices are available to try before purchasing. For these spice powders, pour it into some broth that are being given in a cup to try instead of directly tasting it to better experience its aroma.
How to buy
If needed, ask for the information sheet available in English or Chinese. There are also staff that can speak in language other than Japanese.
- Shopping Tips -
It’s recommended to taste the spices first before purchasing. Water is available to cleanse your pallet.
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Ochanoko-Saisai Nishiki
Categories Seasonings
Phone +81 75-231-3785
Address 497, Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8125
Directions 6-minute walk from Hankyu Train Karasuma Station and Kyoto City Subway Shijo Station
Hours 9am - 6pm
Closed Open everyday
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Multi-lingual staff on site
Information English, Chinese
Languages spoken English, Chinese
Shipping services None
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