Dried Wakame Seaweed
10 x 500g
Fresh Ocean Seaweed Flavor, Slight Sweetness
Dark Green, Almost Black When Dried, Color Lightens When Reconstituded
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 red curry style, found in the Aomori 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 give this mix a herbal aroma and deep earthy flavor. Sweetness comes from Green Cardamom Seeds, Cinnamon brings bright zip and the Fenugreek adds its nutty slightly sweet flavor. Japanese Red Chilies provide the signature heat, while the Anethole from Fennel & Star Annise add the licorice flavor and aroma. This refined and perfected red curry balances a ratio of 9 main spices with 8 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.
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).
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.
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 milled carefully into a versatile powder. 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.