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April 04, 2017

Most chefs have a special something that they always bring with them when they’re on the road (or maybe there is an ingredient they would travel across the globe for).

For celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, having a little something to spice up bland dishes while he’s on the road is a must. We recently chatted with Zimmern, and he revealed he always travels with his favorite Japanese seasoning, no matter what.

“[I always bring] Japanese hot chili seasoning — Shischimi Togarashi. I put it on anything,” said Zimmern. “I find myself in places where sometimes the hotel food is boiled, bland, or boring, and I love heat, I love the toasted sesame and the herbal qualities that are in a good Shichimi Togarashi, so I carry it with me.”

Since the Shischimi Togarashi is a dry good and comes in a TSA-friendly bottle, this go-to ingredient seems like a foolproof way to avoid dull meals while traveling.

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