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Pengin Shokudo no Ishigakijima Rayu is a condiment that was developed in 2000 by a husband and wife living amid the rich island nature of Ishigaki Island, located in the the Yaeyama Islands in the southern tip of Japan.

The island chili pepper that has a distinctive sweetness forms the base to which are added flavorful ingredients such as pepper from Ishigaki Island, turmeric, and brown sugar. Since it is produced in limited amounts, it is also referred to as the “phantom chili oil.” It is popular for its mild flavor that goes well with any food.

Expert’s comment: When visiting the factory, it was surprising to find that even now the manufacturing process is done entirely by hand. In Okinawa, nutritious and delicious foods are called nuchigusui. Pengin Shokudo no Ishigakijima Rayu is a perfect example of nuchigusui. Spices found only on the island, generate a unique flavor and aroma. (Yumiko Inukai, restaurant journalist)

Price: ¥846

Manufacturer: Pengin Shokudo in Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture

(www.penshoku.com)

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