Japan has been refining the original British curry recipe since it arrived in Japan over 100 years ago. The modern Japanese culinary scene is saturated with curry stands and it is the second most consummed dish behind sushi. This prized 18-spice regional, northern yellow curry style, found in the Yamagata Prefecture lends this curry to be milder with more emphasis on the umami qualities when its compared to its Indian & Southeast Asian counterparts. Japanese Yellow Curry has a unique flavor profile of both savory and sweet spices, with less heat. The Turmeric, Coriander, Cumin and Beiriifu provide a vegetal aroma and deep earthy flavor. Cardamom ads the sweetness along with the bright zip of cinnamon. The heat in this tantalizing mixture come from the perfect ratio of black pepper and regional red chili pepper. The Anethole from the star anise and fennel add the licorice flavor and aroma. This ultra-premium, refined and perfected yellow curry balances a ratio of 9 main spices with 9 trace sub spices is extremely popular in this region.
Shichimi Togarashi is a fundamental 7-spice blend with tremendous history and importance throughout Japanese cuisine and represents the history and cultural refinement of this great cuisine. Shichimi Togarashi is a 7 spice blend developed in Edo (Modern Day Tokyo), Japan in 1625. The ingredients were first introduced to the Japanese by Portuguese missionaries around 1605. Over the past 400 years, these spice cultivators and craftsman have been able to refine farming practices and proprietary blending ratios that would make their ancestors proud. The seven prized ingredients that make up Shichimi Togarashi are Bansho Chili Pepper, Chimpi Japanese Mandarin Orange, Goma Toasted Black Sesame, Otane Hemp Seed, Shiso Japanese Basil, Sansho Chili Pepper and Byakukyo Japanese Ginger. The aroma is highlighted by the warmth given off by the chilies and the floral essence of the mandarin orange. The clean spicy flavors of the dried peppers standout, but are balanced with toasted black sesame, hemp seed and herbal characteristics of the dried shiso. The ginger is also a welcomed addition to this blend and offer a different type of spiciness, acidity and subtle sweetness. This blend is a pillar of this revered cuisine.
Like many traditional Japanese ingredients, Miso was developed out of preservation necessity. Aka Country Miso Powder is a dried and milled representation of the traditional country miso made from whole soybeans, salt and rice koji. It yields the classic miso flavor you are expecting, only in a highly-versatile powdered form. Aka Country Miso Powder is a dark redish brown in color and has a rich and savory flavor. Deeply fragrant, its color comes from longer aging. Aging time is 5 to 6 months.
Shio Koji is a traditional Japanese condiment composed of fermented rice, salt and water. The wonderful fermented rice flavor, similar to sake, imparts a lot of flavor when marinading proteins and vegetables as well as a flavorful salt replacement. Shio Koji is gaining traction in the North American food scene and is likely one the next big buzz ingredients imported from Japan.
Kyoto Shiro Miso Powder is a made from 3 month old miso paste which is light in flavor and color. The paste is dried naturally in the sun and then milled into a powder. This incredible ingredient is very versatile, giving the chef the ability, convenience and control to flavor a multitude of applications subtly. Dust on protiens, vegetables, rice dishes, noodles, tempura and salads.
Furikake was originally developed in Japan around 1912 by a pharmacist as a helpful solution to nutrition deficits. Then it was called Gohan No Tomo, A Friend for Rice. It was then a ground product to be sprinkled on top of cooked rice , vegetables, and fish. Over the last 100 years Furikake has be refined into the product we know today. Yuzu Furikake is one of the most popular and basic Furikakes in Japan. Yuzu Furikake has color , texture and a traditional taste. You get an emerald green look and a fresh sea taste from the small nori squares. A delightful crunch and nutty sesame taste from the Toasted White sesame seeds. A perfect balance of sweet and savory from a dash of sea salt and sugar. Yuzu has been described as Zesty, aromatic, subtle and coy. The Yuzu flavor is fresh bright & tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of Tangerine and Meyer Lemon with subtle hints of Pine. Japanese love the essence of this wonderful fruit. Yuzu trees are common in Japan, especially in the temperate southern and western regions. Use Yuzu Furikake as a tasty topping for a variety of dishes.
Wasabi Salt is an ultra premium garnishing and general sodium alternative with incredible 100% Hon Wasabi flavor. This salt is made with what the Japanese classify as "Snow Salt". They find it to be the purest sea salt available and its fine granuals deliver flavor to each application faster and more uniformly, a wonderfully versatile texture. This incredible salt delivers the spicy and aromatic qualities of 100% Hon Wasabi Root that can be conveniently dusted on proteins, vegetables, rice dishes or tempura. The versatility and flavor of this premium salt is unmatched.
Masato Tea Company, Ceremonial Grade Matcha is Premium-1st Harvest Matcha worthy of the famed Japanese Tea Ceremony. Intended to be comsummed on its own with water to appreciate the natural sweetness and nutty, earthy subtleties.
Japan has been refining the original British curry recipe since it arrived in Japan over 100 years ago. The modern Japanese culinary scene is saturated with curry stands and it is the second most consummed dish behind sushi. This regional, northern 10-spice Yellow curry style, found in the Akita Prefecture is the closest of the three yellow curries we carry to the Indian style, but is still very uniquely Japanese. It is the hottest of the yellow curries, but in general, Japanese curry is not as hot as the Indian counterparts. The base of Turmeric, Coriander and Cumin provide a vegetal aroma and a deep earthy flavor. The spice comes from black pepper, regional red chili peppers and ginger root, while the plentiful cardamom mellows with sweeteness. Fennel seed adds the licorice flavor and aroma. This refined and perfected yellow curry balances a ratio of 5 main spices with 5 trace sub spices is extremely popular in this region.
Prized in Japan for being the fleshiest of berries, they are collected while still green in May. These berries are a burst of flavor consisting of citronella, Meyer lemon, mint, black pepper with a lingering numbness left on the tongue. A fun, vibrant ingredient to expand the flavor profile of any creation.
Yakari Shiso-Meshi is cured shiso leaves and seaweed used for rice seasoning. It is made from salted and pickled purple shiso leaf that has been dried naturally in the sun. It is often utilized in furikaki blends or marinades where a bittersweet and salty flavor is desired.