This Shichimi Togarashi Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Gomasio on Soba Noodles with Veggies was an amazing meal–and completely inspired by Raw Spice Bar. The folks at Raw Spice Bar generously gave 3 month subscriptions to 2 of my readers!
Guys! I am so excited about this giveaway, and so excited I managed to get the wheels in motion for it before leaving for Italy! You remember in my post for Matcha and Chia Mochi Cake I told you about Raw Spice Bar? Well this is the rest of that Japanese themed meal and this is the announcement for the fact that the awesome people at Raw Spice Bar have agreed to give away 3 months subscriptions to 2 of my readers!!! How awesome is that? The giveaway details are below, but first a few comments on the meal I made with their spices–which was a huge hit here.
The Shichimi Togarashi Roasted Pork Tenderloin started with the Japanese spice blend Shichimi Togarashi, which translates to “7 flavor chile pepper.” It can be used in a lot of different ways–and you can purchase it pre-made at a lot of different spice stores. The difference with Raw Spice Bar is that it has been toasted and ground right before being mailed to you, and you do not get more than you need (or if you do, not much more).
My only change to the pork tenderloin recipe (Raw Spice Bar will always send suggested recipes with their spices) was to pan sear and roast the tenderloin instead of grilling it. Because of that, I am sending you to Raw Spice Bar for the recipe. I used my tamari soy sauce if you are curious, as that is my first choice for Japanese recipes. The whole family adored this recipe. I think Sammy loved it as much as she loves my Vietnamese bun pork, which is really saying something!
The second recipe I fiddled with a bit more. The spice packet for this was the spicy gomasio, which was a tad too spicy for my kids, but John and I enjoyed it just fine. Gomasio is a seasoning salt made with salt, sesame seeds, sometimes seaweed, and in this case, chile peppers. Because this is sprinkled over the final dish, each person can add it to taste (and because of the kids I have extra).
Raw Spice Bar wrote the recipe to focus on the soba noodles and avocado (and unfortunately they seem to have taken the recipe off of their site). I happen to be one of those odd ducks who is not head over heels in love with avocado, and while I do like it in various preparations (read: guacamole), I prefer it not be the predominant flavor or texture. And as soon as I saw this noodle salad I knew I was increasing the crunch factor. I pulled out my mandolin and had a ton of fun, but you certainly do not need to, matchsticks done by hand are fine. I chose to add daikon radish, jicama and a lot more cukes and carrots. The entire family loved this salad, although as mentioned the kids did not use much of the spicy gomasio.
The great thing about Raw Spice Bar is I never would have been inspired to try these dishes if not for the spice packets they sent along. And we loved the entire meal! I am having so much fun with the Raw Spice Bar deliveries (full disclosure: I have not paid for mine), and I hope you get to also!