Ingredients: salted perilla leaves(wild sesame leaves), soy sauce, water, red pepper paste, sugar, garlic, red pepper powder, taste base, gluconic acid, pepper seed oil, sesame, vinegar, lactobacillus fermented powder, oleoresin capsicum.
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) –
Fun to try and filled with tons of perilla leaves. Difficult to get one at a time without taking them all out, as they are stacked nicely but then also folded on the sides. Regardless, the gochujang-ish flavor profile met my expectations and I was pleased to find a good amount of brothy liquid in the tin alongside the leaves. Used the leaves to eat with some lightly smoked sardines (not a great pairing but they weren’t super high quality sardines) and the liquid as a sauce for dumplings. Overall, another enjoyable Sempio tin despite my poor sardine pairing. Next time, I’ll be sure to have some rice nearby as well as some higher quality fish to pair them with.