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We received numerous requests for a more permanent collection of our products that can be purchased throughout the year. We're excited to announce the first of these Care Packages: CREATIVE BEGINNINGS: Redefining "Wa"!
Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned Japanese cook, this curated selection of Japanese pantry essentials provide you with the building blocks to create beautiful Japanese dishes in your own kitchen.
Each product has been carefully selected for its quality, purity and unique characteristics that will help to elevate any of your meals (both Japanese and non). And as always, we've partnered with local Japanese farmers and producers to uncover these artisanal products not available outside of Japan and connect you to their special stories. We also include all the English translation and suggested uses.
Inside you'll discover:
MARUNAKA’S BREWING SOY SAUCE (醤油) from Shiga Prefecture
Just one drop of this premium-quality soy sauce, made using 200 year old family traditions and taking three years to brew, will add unparalleled umami to your dishes.
PURE "STORK" RICE VINEGAR (純米酢) from Hyogo Prefecture
This pure rice vinegar or “junmaizu” is made from "natural stork rice" - rice that has been grown in harmony with the delicate local environment inhabited by beautiful Japanese storks. It has a mild and smooth flavor that is less acidic than western vinegar.
SHIO KOJI (塩麹) from Tokyo Prefecture
Shio koji is the foundation of many Japanese foods including miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sake. This certified organic shio koji is made on Izu Oshima Island, a volcanic island off the coast of Tokyo, and will enhance the flavors of other ingredients in your creations.
YUZU MISO (ゆず味噌) from Tokushima Prefecture
Unlike the typical miso found in your local grocery store, this flavored miso combines the salty umami flavor of miso with one of Japan’s most beloved citrus fruits: yuzu. It adds the perfect tart sweetness to any dish.
SODA BUSHI DASHI POWDER (出汁) from Kōchi Prefecture
Dashi in many ways defines Japanese cuisine, providing savory flavors from the sea. This dashi powder is made from 100% soda bushi, a frigate tuna local to Shikoku island and can be used as a seasoning or a traditional soup stock.
HONTAKA SHICHIMI TOGARASHI (七味唐辛子) from Osaka Prefecture
Shichimi Togarashi is a seven spice blend which includes chili peppers, citrus and seaweed, that adds zest and heat to Japanese dishes. Yohgado is one of the few producers using domestic Japanese chili peppers, including kagawa hontaka which was the first variety to come to Japan 400 years ago.
Available now, just in time for the holidays.