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).
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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Honkarebushi from the Kagoshima Prefecture is the highest quality aged, smoked, fermented & cured fillet of the skipjack tuna. Each fish yields 6 loins. They are de-boned and cut into the shape of a boat and covered in fish paste to smooth out crevasses and were bones were removed. It is then dry smoked for 30 days and becomes Arabushi. The Arabushi is sundried for 2 days and becomes Hadakabushi. The Hadakabushi goes thru several cycles of of being sprayed with an edible mold similar to the koji mold. It rests in a high humidity fermentation room and then gets sundried. These multiple cycles naturally break down the fishes natural fats into smaller concentrated particles of umami. After several cycles of spraying, resting & sun drying over 2-3 months it becomes Karebushi . The Karebushi after at least 5 cycles and at least 4 months becomes “Honkarebushi”. Honkarebushi is the very highest quality for shaving into Katsuobushi. Honkarebushi when shaved on a plane has a most delectable aroma and a translucent red hue.
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Shiro (White) Tosaka Nori is a variety of seaweed resembling wakame. Tosaka Nori White is White 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.
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.
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. Dashi Kombu is a wide, thick dark green seaweed which grows in the cold, deep ocean waters around Hokkaido. The Kombu Road starts at Hokkaido moves thru Osaka, then Okinawa & China. 2 year old 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. Out of all-natural foods, Kombu has the highest one of the highest concentrations of the key Umami partner, Glutamic acid. Perfect to prepare a light dashi. Japanese chefs use it to marinate foie gras, with miso, fresh fish fillets, beans & vegetables.