CREATIVE BEGINNINGS: Redefining “Wa” Care Package (Japanese Cooking Essentials)

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Simple. Elegant. Balanced. 

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned Japanese cook, our Creative Beginnings: Redefining “Wa” Care Package provides you with the essential building blocks to create beautiful Japanese dishes in your own kitchen. 

Includes an in-depth English brochure with product descriptions, producer stories, suggested uses and full-color recipes. 

MARUNAKA’S BREWING SOY SAUCE
Prefecture:Shiga 
Producer:Marunaka Shoyu
Ingredients:Soybeans (non-GMO), wheat, sun-dried salt
Size:
150ml

Just a drop of this premium-quality soy sauce, made using 200 year old family traditions, will add umami to your dishes. Each bottle takes three years to make with artisan brewers attending to it twice daily. Marunaka's brewing facility has been recognized by the Japanese government as a National Tangible Cultural Property.

PURE RICE VINEGAR
Prefecture:Hyogo 
Producer:Tajima Brewery
Ingredients:Rice
Size:150ml

This pure rice vinegar or “junmaizu” is made from rice that has been grown in harmony with its delicate local environment. It has a mild and smooth flavor that is less acidic than western vinegar. 

SHIO KOJI
Prefecture:Tokyo 
Producer:Umi no Sei
Ingredients:Organic brown rice, sea salt
Size:170g

Shio koji is the foundation of many Japanese foods including miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sake. It breaks down ingredients to enhance flavors while adding a blend of natural sweetness and saltiness. This certified organic shio koji is made on Izu Oshima Island, a volcanic island off the coast of Tokyo.

YUZU MISO 
Prefecture:Tokushima 
Producer:Yuzurikko
Ingredients:Yuzu, miso (rice, soybean and salt), beet sugar
Size:120g

Unlike the typical miso found in your local grocery store, this award winning yuzu miso combines salty umami miso with Japan's beloved citrus fruits, yuzu, and a hint of sweetness. Our producer was was founded by a woman when she was 66 years old as a way to protect the natural yuzu industry in Tokushima.

SODA BUSHI DASHI POWDER
Prefecture:Kōchi 
Producer:John Mung Company
Ingredients:Soda bushi (frigate tuna)
Size:50g

Dashi in many ways defines Japanese cuisine by creating umami and enhancing the flavors of any dish. This hand-made dashi powder is made from 100% soda bushi, a frigate tuna local to Shikoku Island. It can be used as a seasoning or a traditional soup stock.

HONTAKA SHICHIMI TOGARASHI
Prefecture:Osaka 
Producer:Yohgado
Ingredients:Chili pepper (domestic), sanshō (Japanese pepper), white sesame seed, chinpi (dried tangerine peel), poppy seed, hemp seed, seaweed
Size:10g

Shichimi Togarashi, or simply shichimi, 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.

 

DISCLAIMER: We provide ingredients and common allergens based on the packaging as a reference only. Please consume with caution based on your own individual health concerns as we cannot guarantee the presence or lack of certain ingredients, allergens and/or animal products.

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