Sep. 07, 2020 UPDATE
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Spicy Samples Galore at this Shichimi Specialist
Do you love spice in your food? At Ochanoko-Saisai, you can find a range of different spices that add a kick to any meal. And with a ton of samples placed around the store, you can try each of the spices and see if their level of spiciness suits you first! Also, all the peppers used in Ochanoko-Saisai's products are homegrown in Japan, so you'll also be supporting Japanese farmers. Ochanoko-Saisai's packaging is also super cute, so they also make excellent souvenirs!
Shichimi / ￥540 (10g sachet)
One of the most popular products at Ochanoko-Saisai is its seven-spice blend known as shichimi. Shichimi is a traditional Japanese spice that can be found in nearly any Japanese household. Also, according to the packaging, Ochanko-Saisai's is the world's spiciest shichimi. To find out if it is in fact the world’s spiciest, you'll just have to try it for yourself. Check out the pictures on the packaging as well. They might give you a hint at the level of spiciness.
Kyoto Style Chili Oil-Flavored Furikake Sprinkles / ￥594 (80g)
Another popular item is Ochanoko-Saisai's Kyo raayu furikake, or Kyoto style chili oil-flavored sprinkles. This spicy furikake goes great on plain white rice or, well, anything you want to spice-up. The furikake sprinkles are seasoned with sesame oil, garlic, spring onions, and hot chili oil.
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Curry Rice Crackers / ￥918
These are round curry-flavor spicy rice crackers. If you love curry, then these are for you. However, make sure to try a sample and see if you can hack the level of spiciness first. These are great souvenirs for friends and family who you know love spicy snacks.
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Black Shichimi / ￥648
Popular with many a customer, these little black cans contain black shichimi, a distinctly different version of the classic seven-spice blend. All of the spices are available to try before purchasing. For the black shichimi, pour some in a cup with the provided dashi broth to get a better sense of aroma than you'd get from just trying it straight.
How to buy
If needed, ask for a pamphlet, available in English and Chinese. Some staff can speak languages other than Japanese.
- Shopping Tips -
It’s recommended to taste the spices first before purchasing. Water is available to cleanse your pallet.