Japanese Cooking Wasabi Rhizomes, Leaves and Stems
Why not use freshly grated wasabi to develop a taste of Japanese cuisine. Wasabi has always had a strong association with sushi, sashimi and soba noodles. Wasabi Crop wants to change this and encourage our customers to use and enjoy real fresh wasabi by providing new foods for the table.
Hopefully, our customers will add freshly grated wasabi to pasta, chicken, tofu and speciality sauces. Also, Wasabi can add flavour to roasted legumes and freshly grated over fish and rice dishes. To spice up your sandwiches just add a pinch of freshly grated rhizome. The more adventurous customers may even add wasabi to ice cream, chocolate or alternatively their favourite beverages.
Many recipes are available to allow customers to experiment with freshly grated wasabi to create cuisine with the wasabi kick. Customers will be able to create more interesting salads using the wasabi leaves and stems. Wasabi, the ‘King of Herbs’, will be pride and place in your kitchen. In particular, grating the freshly received rhizome in front of your friends at a special event.
Wasabi is a zingy hot, green paste made from the freshly grated rhizome of the wasabi plant, which
is cultivated in terraced mountain stream beds and irrigated by the
slow-running, pure water from the mountains of Japan. A typical rhizome is a ¼ inch in
diameter and 3 to 5 inches long. To this is attached a 5- to 8-inch stem topped
with a 5-inch diameter round heart shaped green leaves. Wasabi is sold in both the natural rhizome from which is considered the most delicious, or as a
canned or packaged powder to which cold water is
added. Used with shoyu - a soy sauce,
which is a dark brown liquid made from soya beans that have undergone a
fermentation process - as a
topping or dipping sauce for chilled Tofu
and as a garnish for raw fish (sashimi) and sushi. The diced leaves and stems of wasabi are also mixed with sake lees to make a popular pickle called Wasabi Zuke. Here are three
traditional Japanese ways to eat freshly grated wasabi.
Sushi and Sashimi
In Japanese cuisine, a small portion of wasabi is placed
inside the sushi during the preparation stage. In this approach, no wasabi is
served on the side. However, when wasabi is served on the side of your sushi or
sashimi it is an indication that you should mix the wasabi with soy sauce provided
in the small sauce dish. Sashimi is thinly sliced raw meat usually fish such as
salmon or tuna served without rice. Conversely,
sushi is not raw fish but is vinegared rice combined with other ingredients
like raw fish.
Cold Soba Noodles
A favourite Japanese recipe is cold soba noodles served with
a light soy based sauce and freshly grated wasabi. The wasabi is usually mixed with
the sauce and the noodles dipped into the sauce before eating. Many restaurants
will provide a small wasabi rhizome and grater with the noodles to enable the
customers to grate the wasabi themselves. This creates freshly prepared wasabi and
this approach contributes to the overall experience of Japanese cooking for the
customer at a restaurant.
Wasabi Zuke is a type of pickle using sake lees and was developed
by merchants in Fuchu (Shizuoka) where sake production excelled in the Edo
Period. This dish traditionally made by chopping up, salting wasabi leaves and
stems before pickling in matured sake lees. At this stage, the mixture can be seasoned
with salt and sugar. Today, this dish has
been modified by adding certain spices to boost the overall flavour. Wasabi
Zuke is also related to wasabi-nori, wasabi-miso and kazunoko (herring roe). Wasabi-Zuke can
be applied on processed fish products such as Kamaboko (fish cakes).
all these traditional Japanese dishes the wasabi kick starts when the food is macerated in the mouth and the flavour is the
product of the fine grating fresh rhizome. It is important to remember
not to expose the grated wasabi to air for extended
periods of time. The volatile nature of the isothiocyanates in wasabi
contributes to its unique flavour and
overall heat sensation. This experience lasts for about 15 minutes so enjoy
every single moment of it!
wasabi will be available from Wasabi Crop by 2018