Japanese Ingredient Guide: Sansho Pepper
Sansho peppercorns are an interesting Japanese spice that produce a distinctive tingling sensation in the mouth when eaten. They have a unique, tangy flavor that is disliked by some, but loved by many. The powdered version of the pepper is a commonly used Japanese condiment that is worth trying!
What is sansho pepper?
What does sansho pepper taste like?
How is sansho pepper usually used?
Another use is as one of the 7 ingredients in 七味唐辛子 (shichimi togarashi), the classic Japanese spice mixture found as a condiment in restaurants everywhere.
Recipe: sansho tuna onigiri
-Cooked Japanese rice, cooled to room temperature
-Powdered sansho pepper
1. Drain the excess water from the tuna can. Add mayo, a little at a time, until the tuna is creamy. Add sansho powder, bit by bit, until the mixture has the level of spice that you prefer.
2. Spread rice on a piece of plastic wrap, and sprinkle with a small amount of salt. Add a spoonful of the tuna mixture to the center of the rice and wrap it up so that the filling is surrounded by rice.
3. Form the onirigi into your desired shape.
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