Ingredients: dried pollock, polyglycitol syrup, red pepper paste, solbitol syrup, sugar, pumpkin seed, corn oil, garlic, water, red pepper extract, roasted sesame, vegetables seasoning base, lactobacillus fermented powder, soy sauce, oleoresin paprika, yeast extract, black pepper.
The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.
We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors.
Hream McDan (verified owner) –
Whoa! Fun tin. Similar flavors to the Old Fisherman Roasted Eel Chili and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. Comparatively, this seemed a tiny bit spicier … the sauce was a little thicker … and the fish was more jerky-like than the eel (but not dry). Really enjoyed the textural difference in the tin and how the pumpkin seeds kept each bite interesting. On a spice scale, this seems like maybe it would be a mild-to-medium for most folks. For me, the heat was pretty much right what I was hoping for.
Ate it plain and it was delicious on its own, but it does scream out for a companion ingredient (even if it was only beer as in the description). Can imagine it’d bump my rating up a half step if I’d had it over rice. Perhaps hard to justify this as a regular tin over the similar chili eel that is a few dollars less, but it’s not an exact comparison either, they are separate things. I did like this a little more than the Sempio braised anchovies in soy sauce but the quality is comparable. Overall, pretty fun to try these Sempio tins and I’ll be buying this one again.
Evan Hayes (verified owner) –
If you are on the fence about this can, I recommend giving it a chance. I did not know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. The fish had a slight chew to it, which was nice paired with the crunch of the seeds. The sauce was sweet, and mildy spicy. I found myself sopping up the sauce with a slice of bread. Next time I will pair it with some sticky rice.
Devyn Scott (verified owner) –
This was good! It was sticky, sweet, and spicy, with a good crunch from both the pumpkin seeds and the fish itself. I ate it with sticky rice and some kewpie mayo, which elevated it even more!