Japanese konbini always have a ton of fun flavours for crackers and chips. Anything shiso or ume flavoured would be insta-buys for me i remember one that had a mix of wasabi and ume <3. Stuff like that isn't as available in Montreal as they are over there but at least you can find other things like shichimi togarashi! If you like spicy snacks this is for you!
Ume and shiso aren't anything like shichimi togarashi it's quite spicy in comparison. Originally i wanted to make senbei but since i recently purchased a bag of chickpea flour i wanted to have a recipe using that. Senbei is typically made with rice flour and/or rice left-overs. I don't typically have rice left-overs on hand we usually just eat it all on the same day. I never make extras.
When i decided i was going to make this i didn't have any shichimi togarashi left so I made my own! if you have a well-stocked spice rack you can easily make it yourself. 'Shichimi togarashi' essentially means '7-flavour chili pepper'. If you have some already at home you can just use that but if you don't all you need is to grind these spices together -
2 tbsp chili flakes but if you don't all you need is to grind these together - 2 tbsp chili flakes 1 tbsp sanshou (sichuan peppercorns) 1 tbsp roasted orange peel 1 tbsp black sesame seeds 1 tbsp white sesame seeds 2 tsp ground ginger and 2 tbsp nori (or aonori).
Some people substitute sichuan peppercorns for black peppercorns i don't reccommend doing that. To me they're not interchangeable. Sichuan peppercorns is what makes it taste awesome it's one of my favourite spices. It's a numbing pepper with a really distinctive taste and aroma. If you eat one peppercorn you'll notice right away that it numbs your tongue and alters your sense of taste