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A hot local spice Yanbaru Hirihiri – makes a great souvenir of Okinawa

post : 2016.12.22 08:00


Have you heard of shimatougarashi (it’s a local chili pepper)? You have probably seen them in the little glass bottles on tables at Okinawa soba shops. The condiment in the bottle is called kooreeguusu, which adds spice to noodles and is made of awamori (Okinawan sake) and local hot pepper.

There are several varieties of local hot peppers. They all originated in Okinawa, and the one that grows in the Yanbaru area is the chubby one in the picture.


The hot peppers grow like this in the field. The tip of the pepper points toward the sun.


Yanbaru Hirihiri is made from this hot pepper.


This one is extremely hot! When I tried it for the first time, it was almost too much for me.

I was floored by the heat and thought I would spout fire. I understood the meaning of hirihiri then: “hellish spicy heat”.

This hot pepper is not only spicy, also is very beautiful. Let’s explore its secrets.


These chili peppers are all farmed without agricultural chemicals and their preparation completed within three days after harvest. First they are washed in alkaline ionized water, initially dried with low heat and then given a final machine drying for 36 hours.


Drying with low heat makes big differences in terms of flavor.


Stems are removed by hand. In the end, the peppers are powdered in the machine.

Want to know the secret for the extreme spiciness? The answer is…..


…..Everything goes in the powder including the seeds!


The beautiful sunset-orange color comes from the mixture of red and yellow peppers and their seeds.


There are two kinds of Yanbaru Hirihiri. One is made from pure chili peppers and other is chili pepper mixed with shiikuwaasaa (local citrus). All of the shiikuwaasaa, including peels, juice and seeds are dried with low heat. The mild citrus flavor is really a nice touch for the hot spice.


The hot pepper spice is versatile. It is great for noodles, soups, pizzas, dressings and more! The price range is from 500 yen to 600 yen. Why not buy some for your spice lover friends and family!

Again, please be warned: it is powerfully spicy!


Please give them a call if you have any questions.

Next Stage Okinawa Godo Gaisha

Tel: 0980-52-5488


You can get Yanbaru Hirihiri at shops below.

Washita Shop Kokusai Street

Address: JA Dream-kan 1F, 3-2-22 Kumoji, Naha City, Okinawa

Tel: 098-864-0555

Hours: 10:00–22:00


Closed: Irregularly



Oshiro Ya (in the Makishi Kousetsu Public Market)

Address: Makishi Kousetsu Public Market 1F, 2-10-1 Matsuo, Naha City, Okinawa

Tel: 098-863-7270

Hours: 8:00–20:00

Closed:  4th Sundays, monthly


Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yanbaru Bussan Center

Address: 17-1 Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa

Tel: 0980-54-0880

Hours: 8:30–19:00

Closed: Irregularly

Okinawa CLIP photo writer: Akiko Ono