Dried Wakame Seaweed
10 x 500g
Fresh Ocean Seaweed Flavor, Slight Sweetness
Dark Green, Almost Black When Dried, Color Lightens When Reconstituded
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.
Hijiki Seaweed is a common ingredient across many Japanese dishes. It is used in salads, as a furikake on top of rice, in dashis and broths, or as a seasoning, among others. Hijiki is rich in dietary fibre and essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. Farmers harvest the Hijiki in the spring between May and March during low tide. After collection, the seaweed is boiled and then dried in the open air. It can be milled as used as a powder or reconstituded.
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.
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, Cinnamons 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.
Buckwheat is the second most harvested crop in Japan, behind only rice, making it a foundational ingredient throughout the cuisine. Buckwheat Soba is the bedrock pasta of Japanese Cuisine. 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 perfect nodogoshi, or "throat feel". Just the right amount of gluten to provide the ideal chewiness and texture. Serve hot or cold, in a dashi broth or dip in a kaeshi sauce (soy sauce and mirin base).
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.
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 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.
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.