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Binchotan Daimyo is made from hardest and most prized, hand picked oak branches in Korea and then baked in hand-built clay kilns at 1200° C. Following several century old methods made famous by Japanese craftsman in Wakayama, these Korean Master Craftsman have been making White Charcoal for almost as long. Using a technique called Pyrosis, these craftsmen limit the amount of oxygen inside the kiln which results in the carbon being captured in the wood. In addition to being 90% carbon at completion, the charcoal is rich in the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. The Korean style of this fuel is slightly different than that of the Japanese however. The Korean craftsmen use a larger diameter branch that is more mature and has more mass. The extra mass allows the craftsmen to bake it longer and the result is larger, longer burning fuel which is preferred by many chefs. Binchotan, or White Charcoal is not actually white, it gets its name from the process used to quickly cool the charcoal when it is removed from 1200° clay kiln. Master craftsman shovel a mixture of sand, soil and ashes over the lava-hot charcoal to lock in all of the benefits of this method, resulting in a 90% carbon, mineral rich, slow burning, almost smokeless and nearly flavorless fuel. This charcoal is the preferred fuel of Japans finest chefs for these qualities. Not the hottest fuel, but the most consistent in temperature and burn-time. The powerful infrared radiation of this fuel enables the chef to maximize the flavor and aroma of anything they cook over it.
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Roasted rice is called Genmai in Japan. Genmai is the word for 'Brown Rice' in Japan. Ironically most roasted rice in Japan is made with Mochi-Gome (a white rice) rice. Mochi-gome is a Japanese sweet rice that is short grain that is composed of almost 100% amylopectin. When mochi-gome is cooked it becomes very moist and sticky. This moisture is required to puff the rice when roasting. Genmai made with Mochi-gome rice is the highest quality Genmai. The roasted rice has a noticeable fragrant aroma. When Genmai is mixed with green tea it becomes Genmaicha.
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Koji starter spores are the single most important ingredient in all Japanese fermented foods. These little umami yeast spores are essential to create miso, sake, fermented fruits, vinegars, soy sauces and a multitude of staple foods. These spores feed on the natural sugars present in foods when exposed to oxygen and the proper environment which tends to be above 50 degrees. Sprinkle on your favorite ingredients and watch them ferment.
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Japanese Sanonto Sugar is a highly prized sugar desired by Top Chefs in the know. It is a light brown sugar ideal for cooking as it does not contain the minerals most dark sugars have. It is made by carmalizing pure white Japanese Johakuto sugar cane. Sanonto sugar is most well know as the key ingredient in Hon-Gaishi, the base for Mentsuyu, a staple dipping sauce for a variety of noodles.
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Incredible alternative to rice paper or nori for wrapping spring rolls, steaming buns, baking rice cakes or poaching mousses. The natural skin of the bamboo trees impart a fabulous cedar-like or nuttiness flavor to your application when steamed or poached. Also used a decorative wrapper for rice cakes and deserts.
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Every spring the celebrated cherry blossoms fall into nets and are quickly gathered, cured in umesu (umeboshi vinegar) and salted to preserve
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Japanese Tonburi is a type of edible seed sometimes called “land caviar”, “”field caviar” or “mountain caviar”. Tonburi is the dried seed of the Japanese Bassia Scoparia or Kochia.The characteristics of tonburi, consists of small circles that are 1 ~ 2mm in diameter, green color, and a popping texture that is just the same as those of caviar, the roe of sturgeon. Kochia, which is also called “Broom grass” in Japan. Its seeds are harvested and processed only in Akita. Almost all Tonburi are produced in Hinai town of Odate city, a northern part of Akita. Until about 50 years ago, Tonburi was eaten only in Akita. However, thanks to the development of vacuum-packed and bottling process, Tonburi can now be eaten anywhere and anytime. From the bottle of Tonburi, a sesame-like savory smell comes out. Its popping texture is exactly that of caviar. Because of its plain taste, it fits to any cuisine.
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