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.
Yuzu salt can be described as floral, zesty, bright and exciting. The Yuzu flavor is fresh, bright and slightly tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of tangerine and meyer Lemon with hints of Pine. 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. Yuzu salt is a stimulating sodium alternative that will elevate your menu.
Japanese Konbu Salt is an ultra premium garnishing and general sodium alternative with incredible natural sea, vegetal and umami 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 incredibly versatile salt delivers full natural seaweed flavor that can be conveniently dusted on protiens, rice dishes, sauces, soups and dashis. The quality and flavor of this premium salt is unmatched
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.
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 green curry style, found in Miyagi Prefecture lends this curry to be milder with more emphasis on the umami qualities when its compared to its Indian & Southeast Asian counterparts. The Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric and Matcha Tea give this curry a warm vegetal aroma and deep earthy flavor. Sweetness comes from the Green Cardamom Seeds, Cinnamon’s bright zip and finally, Fenugreek adds its nutty, slightly sweet flavor . Sansho Grape Berry offer a welcomed warmth. The Anethole from fennel offer the licorice flavor and aroma. This refined and perfected green curry balances a ratio of 9 main spices with 8 trace sub spices is extremely popular in this region.
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.
Japanese Akajiso Tea Cut Leaf is made with whole dried Japanese Red Shiso leaves which are hand selected and minimally handled to preserve the highest quality aroma and flavor. They then processed carefully into a tea-cut size. 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.
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.
Katsuobushi Salt is a umami and sodium rich flavor bomb. Often used as a MSG alternative due its incredible natural flavor enhancement qualities. Rich in amino acids and natural enzymes. 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. Simply rub on protiens and vegetables prior to grilling or sprinkle over rice dishes.
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.
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.