Aonori is a type of edible dried green sea weed flake. It is commonly used for flavoring Japanese foods by sprinkling flakes over the dish. Aonori gives an added seaweed kick to savory Jpanese recipies. Aonori is also used as an ingredient in yaki-soba (fried buckwheat noodles), okonomi-yaki , negi- yaki (Japanese style pancakes), tako-yaki (octopus balls), yaki-udon (fried thick white noodles). Aonori is also a great addition to tororo (shredded Japanese vegetables), natto and rice balls.
Yaki-Nori or Roasted Seaweed is a vital ingredient of the sushi trade, used primarily for Maki and Nigiri. As sushi has become more mainstream, ingredients such as nori have been used across many cuisines. Nori is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals and has a wonderful natural flavor. Yaki-Nori sheets date back to the Edo period where it was first produced following the same techniques used in making paper. Nori grows best at a depth of around 25 feet and is typically grown on nets that can be easily harvested by boats. Each plant takes about 45 days from seed to first harvest and can reharvested about 10 times.
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Aka (Red) Tosaka Nori is a variety of seaweed resembling wakame. Tosaka Nori Red is red in color and has a thicker and crunchier leaf than wakame. It is rather neutral and clean tasting. It is an ideal addition to sashimi, salads and a variety of creative colorful applications.
Katsuobushi, or Skipjack Tuna is filleted into 4 loins, simmered for couple of hours, deboned, rubbed with fish paste and then smoked for about a month. Each loin is then elegantly shaved down to create a perfect shape and is sprayed with a mold similar to Koji. The finished loins spend the next 6 months cycling between the humid fermentation room and the dry sunlight. Once complete, it is packaged whole or shaved. Katsuobushi is a fundemental and critical ingredient across all Japanese cuisine. It can be found in soup stocks (Dashi), salads, dipping sauces, marinades, rice dishes, sushi and is often used as a garnish.
These small strips come from sundried aged MA Kombu. MA Kombu is known as the king of the kelp because of the fragrant bouquet and its ability to produce crystal clear, mellow sweet and rich refined dashi stock. 2 year old MA kombu is harvested between mid July and mid August. After the early morning harvest hundreds of large moist kelp leaves are spread out on pebbles on the beach and naturally dried in the sun. Before the sun goes down the partially dried kelp is brought into the factory barn and stacked for overnight storage. The next morning they are laid out on the beach pebbles again. This process is repeated over several more days. Then the hard dried kelp is left outside overnight after sunset to absorb nighttime moisture, making the kelp flexible, allowing it to be stretched and rolled up for storage. Now the kelp only weights 9% of the weight of the original material. Next this wild sea plant is uniformly trimmed into small dashi ideal strips to finish this chef ready ingredient. Out of all natural foods, MA Kombu has the highest concentration of the key Umami partner , Glutamic acid.
Wakame, Cut is an edible seaweed that has a slightly sweet and umami flavor. Wakame grows along low tide lines of exposed ledges. Since its often directly amid oncoming waves its one of the more difficult seaweeds to harvest. Only young 5 year plants are harvested in order to allow older plants to continue to produce spores and young plants. It comes fully dried and sliced into small pieces. Its delicate texture readily absorbs the flavors of paired ingredients. Its easily rehydrate by pouring hot water over it and letting it sit for 10 minutes, drain and use.
Rishiri Kombu is sweet, saltier, and harder than MA Kombu. Its dashi is rich, savory and clear. Rishiri-Kombu is thinner than ma-kombu and is thinly wedge-shaped near the stem. The leaves are dark brown and hard. Rishiri Kombu is mainly used to make stock and is especially popular in tea-ceremony dishes in Kyoto. The hard leaves prevent it from discoloration or deterioration when shaved, making it a perfect ingredient for premium tororo-kombu.
Tosaka Nori Green is a variety of seaweed resembling wakame. Ao Tosaka Nori Green is green in color and has a thicker and crunchier leaf than wakame. It is rather neutral and clean tasting. It is an ideal addition to sashimi, salads and a variety of creative colorful applications.
Hijiki Seaweed is a common ingredient across many Japanese dishes. It is used in salads, as a furikake on top of rice, in dashis and broths, or as a seasoning, among others. Hijiki is rich in dietary fibre and essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. Farmers harvest the Hijiki in the spring between May and March during low tide. After collection, the seaweed is boiled and then dried in the open air. It can be milled as used as a powder or reconstituded.
Hon Dashi is a vital and versitile ingredient used throughout Japan. It is used in Miso Soup, various other soups, dipping sauces, salad dressings, marinades, noodles and rice dishes. Made from 100% Bonito (Skipjack Tuna).