Sake Kasu Lees is the solid remnants left over from making Sake. This fermented, Umami flavor bomb is a fantastic base for a marinade or a rub for protiens. A common practice is to blend lees with mirin to marinate white fish. Kasujiru soup, or Sake Lees Miso Soup is popular winter soup in Japan.
Regional Japanese Hot Red Chili Pepper, naturally dried in the sun and milled into a powder. This full flavored chili is harvested at the peak of ripeness to preserve its signature bright red color from a select linage of the finest red chili peppers. This powerful chili pepper originated in Japan after Hideyoshi Toyotomi received them in 1592 as a reward for his service in the Korean Invasion.
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.
Masato Tea Company, Culinary Grade Matcha is the 2nd Harvest which is ideal for a multitude of culinary creations. It possesses a bolder flavor profile and is slightly bitter which makes it ideal for smoothies, cocktails or deserts.
Mustard plants are very rare in Japan. Japanese mustard seeds are very high quality seeds with powerful aroma & flavors. Yoogarashi has a milder mustard taste similar to western mustards. Karashi Yoogarashi mustard powder is made from ground yellow & white Japanese mustard seeds and has a more subdued and elegant flavor. Traditional mild Japanese mustard is made by only adding water to milled seed powder which yields a simple mustard flavor and allows it to be used well with a variety of other ingredients across many applications.
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.
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.
Mustard plants are very rare in Japan. Japanese mustard seeds are very high quality seeds with powerful aroma & flavors. Wagarashi has a very hot mustard taste opposed to western mustards. Japanese Hot Wagarashi mustard powder consists of only ground yellow/brown Japanese mustard seeds. Traditional hot Japanese mustard is made by only adding water to milled seed powder which yields a very straight forward spicy flavor and allows it to be used well with a variety of other ingredients across many applications.
Japanese Akajiso Bulk is made with whole dried Japanese Red Shiso leaves. This is the unprocessed form of bulk dried leaves, hand selected and minimally handled to preserve the highest quality aroma and flavor. Unsalted & unpickled, this lively, vibrant ingredient ranges from basil to mint, with earthy, vegetal overtones and a little zip. All Natural. Pesticide Free. Dried naturally and prepared using traditional Japanese techniques.
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 been into the product we know today. Nori Goma Furikake is one of the most popular and basic Furikakes in Japan. Nori Goma 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. Use Aji Nori Furikake as a tasty topping for a variety of dishes.
Yuzu 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, Yuzu Fruit, 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 bright,floral essence of the yuzu. 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.