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Herbs & Spices

Since 1994, South China Seas has spent over 30 years sourcing the most intense and flavourful spice growers to offer unrivalled quality, selection, and freshness. Our ever growing collection of spices and blends represent our passion for flavourful food and exploring new cultures through food.

Traditionally we have been known for our single source spices (Cinnamons, Turmeric, Paprikas, Sumac) but over the last few years we have built a steady following for our custom made blends (Lebanese 7 Spice, Dukkah, Zatar) all of which were lovingly formulated by our team of spice experts (with input from our amazing customers).

Our team is always working on new and exciting blends that represent the ever changing culinary landscape. If you have any ideas for new blends we would love to hear from you.
  • Aleppo Chile Flakes South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Aleppo Chile Flakes

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    Aleppo chile takes its name from the ancient Syrian city of that name ('halab in Arabic). Sweet, fruity, fairly mild, Aleppo chile has a subtle ear...

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  • Ancho, Ground South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Ancho, Ground

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    Ancho is the dried form of a green poblano chile (if a poblano is ripened to a reddish colour, then dried, it is called a mulato). Ancho powder is ...

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  • Cayenne South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cayenne

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    Cayenne is a hot red chile chile, which takes its name from the city of Cayenne in French Guyana. It has a clean, straight-ahead heat without the s...

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  • Chipotle Morita, Ground South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Chipotle Morita, Ground

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    Morita is the diminutive of Mora, which means “blackberry” in Spanish. Chipotle is from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli, which means "smoked chile" (ch...

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  • Deggi Mirch South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Deggi Mirch

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    A blend of ground Indian red chilis, usually medium-hot (but ours verges towards quite hot) that is used primarily for the intense glowing red colo...

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  • Gochugaru (Korean Pepper Flakes) South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Gochugaru (Korean Pepper Flakes)

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    Gochugaru (Korean Chili Flakes) are made from a seedless chili with a sweeter flavor and nicer mouthfeel than ordinary chili flakes. Gochugaru is a...

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  • New Mexican Chile Powder, Red South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    New Mexican Chile Powder, Red

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    Fruity and fragrant and medium hot, this chili powder is used throughout northern Latin America and the southwestern U.S. Ideal for chili con carne...

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  • Paprika, Hungarian, Sweet South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Paprika, Hungarian, Sweet

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    Although paprika is a Hungarian word, the spice came late to Hungary from Spain (which introduced chiles to Europe) via North Africa and Arabia. Hu...

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  • Paprika, Smoked, Hot South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Paprika, Smoked, Hot

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    Hot smoked paprika is produced from small, hot peppers grown in Extremadura in central Spain. The peppers are handpicked as they ripen from Septemb...

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  • Paprika, Smoked, Sweet South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Paprika, Smoked, Sweet

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    Sweet smoked paprika is produced from small, mild peppers grown in Extremadura in central Spain. The peppers are handpicked as they ripen from Sept...

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  • Pepper Threads South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Pepper Threads

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    Moderately hot, sweet, fragrant and brilliantly red, these chilli threads (Sil Koch'u) are from Shandong Province in North-Eastern China, but this ...

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  • Rose Harissa Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Rose Harissa

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    Rose harissa contains dried rose petals. This softens the heat of the chillies and adds a rich, complex, floral undertone.

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  • Tajin Tajin - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tajin

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    A terrific lime-chile-salt dry seasoning for corn on the cob. In Latin America, corn is usually grilled or roasted, often unhusked, rather than boi...

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  • Tobago Habanero Curry Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tobago Habanero Curry

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    Habanero, the hottest of chilies, is the bold star of this Latin America style curry. Its natural fruity taste, blended with indigenous aromatics l...

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  • Yuzu Kosho, Green Japan Premium - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Yuzu Kosho, Green

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    Yuzu kosho is a condiment made from green chilis, salt and the zest and juice of the prized Japanese yuzu citrus. This simple mixture is then left ...

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  • Yuzu Kosho, Red Japan Premium - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Yuzu Kosho, Red

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    Yuzu Kosho is a Japanese paste made with fresh chilis fermented with yuzu (a Japanese citrus) and salt. Red yuzu kosho is made with ripe, yellow yu...

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"The definitive location for all of your exotic cuisine needs, the South China Seas Trading Company does an excellent job of stocking unique items from all over Asia, Latin America, India and the Caribbean."

"Excellent spot to find otherwise obscure ingredients. I found long peppercorns after a year of searching and real wasabi!"

"I've been shopping at South China Seas for over 20 years and I'm always happy with the selection of products . . . I can always find the sauces and ingredients that I need for my favourite Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Latin American recipes."