The Language of Food
金平(legendary character: KIMPIRA)
きんぴら(spicy stir-fry: KIMPIRA)
Japanese food names often derive from legendary characters. Kimpira the name of a legendary, Paul Bunyon-like character
known for his exceptional strength and bravery, is a good example of
this. Celebrated in the culinary arena for his fiery determination,
KIMPIRA lends his name to stir-fried dishes (especially root vegetables)
finished with shichimi togarashi.
This blend of seven spices varies depending upon who is mixing it and can be fairly mild and aromatic to outrageously incendiary. Note that the classic version to the right displays 8 images... the two types of sesame seeds, black (kuro) and white (shiro) are considered a single category.