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31 Jul 2018
  • Current Students & Staff

KIZUNA presents 'Shichimi' Blending Workshop (20 July 2018)

Student Lounge KIZUNA's July event was a shichimi blending workshop, held Friday the 20th at the Kyoto Handicraft Center.

Shichimi (seven-flavor chili pepper) is a common Japanese spice mixture containing seven ingredients.

Participants worked on blending the ingredients after learning about the efficacy of each from Center staff. They seemed to enjoy the experience of trying to achieve their preferred combination of flavor and aroma, as well as working with the special tools — a suribachi (mortar) and surikogi (pestle) — with which some had no previous experience.

Afterwards, the participants added their original-blend shichimi to dashi (soup stock made from fish and kelp), and tasted it to check the flavor and spiciness. Everyone seemed to be satisfied with the result, and took the spice mixture, along with a bamboo cylinder, home as souvenirs.

The event provided a great opportunity for all to experience traditional Japanese food culture while making new friends.

Blending ingredients (1)

Blending ingredients (2)

Tasting their shichimi (1)

Tasting their shichimi (2)

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