500g x 4
Aged, Fermented, Slightly Smokey Fish Flavor
Light Brown With Redish Hue
Contains Fish As An Ingredient
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.