100% Whole Garlic Bulb
Flavor notes of dried fig, raisin, balsamic with subtle garlic undertones
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.
If ramen is the Ramones of the noodle world, Soba is the Beatles. The thinking-man's noodle, a noodle of simplicity and contemplation. Crafted following multi-century old traditions handed down through the generations to carefully achieve the prerfect nodogoshi, or "throat feel". Just the right amount of gluten to provide the ideal chewiness and texture. Made with premium Green Tea, the Cha Soba has a wonderful fresh earthiness flavor with hints of wheatgrass. Serve hot or cold, in a dashi broth or dip in a kaeshi sauce (soy sauce and mirin base).
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.
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.
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 14-spice yellow curry style, found in Morioka 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 base of this curry, Turmeric, Fenugreek, Coriander and Cumin provide a vegetal aroma and a deep earthy flavor. Cardamom ads the sweetness along with the bright zip of cinnamon. The heat in this regional blend comes from the perfect ratio of black pepper, regional Japanese red chili pepper, ginger root and mustard seed. Fennel seed add the licorice flavor and aroma. This perfectly balanced time-tested balanced ratio of 7 main spices with 7 trace sub spices makes this proprietary concoction a prized tool in a top chef arsenal.
Wakame Seaweed is a fundemental ingredient of Japanese Cuisine. It is used across many applications, such as salads, added to dashis and soup bases, or as a stand alone ingredient. Wakame is slightly sweeter than Hijiki and doesn't have the bitterness. It has been harvested by sea-farmers for 1300 years. Wakame grows best in cold, well oxygenated waters that are abundant with reefs or rocky sub-terrain.
A standout ingredient for the chef with a keen eye and creative mind, Black Garlic Molasses is a wonderfully complex symphony of flavors playing in perfect harmony. Nutty, savory, dried fruit, roasted garlic undertones, natural sweetness. The applications are endless
Udon Katakuriko, or Udon made from potato starch is made in the Hokkaido style, a mountainess region that receives heavy snowfall and is also one of the largest potato producing regions. The starch from the potato flour doesn't provide much potato flavor, but is necessary to produce the ideal Koshi, or "strong texture" preferred by most Udon lovers. This versatile noodle can be served hot or cold, in a broth or plain with a dipping sauce.