Aimono sources their sustainably harvested Rausu konbu off the far northeastern edge of Hokkaido. This variety of konbu is a workhorse, or in other words, a great everyday konbu. Japanese chefs use dashi made with Rausu konbu for hearty dishes like ramen and tonjiru, where it lends a supporting role to the other strong flavors. It can add that depth of umami to your dishes that has been missing. It is also great to use for konbu curing of fish – known in Japanese as konbujime.
Founded over 70 years ago, Aimono is a premium konbu supplier located in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture. Their Rausu konbu, harvested from the clear, cold waters of far northeastern Hokkaido, is known for its strong flavor.
This is one of those seasonal products that we are so excited to get, plus it is made for only a short time, so what we have is what we have for this season.
I have never tasted a shiro (white) miso that was this fresh. Odd to say for a fermented product, but completely true, since it has a nice pleasant tanginess, instead of being just sweet. Since Nomura-san uses different koji for each of his 3 misos and his shoyu, you can really taste that this miso was made with intense koji love. It is one of the most delicate white miso I have ever tried. It is sweet, without being sweet and salty without being salty, but what really stands of is the floral koji flavor. Use where you would typically use white miso in recipes, like miso soup.
Ingredients: rice, soybean, salt
Shipping Notes: all orders that include miso will be shipped via Priority Mail or faster. The miso is shipped with a cold pack to keep it cool during shipping. It is fine if the cold pack melts in transit, just place the miso in the refrigerator upon arrival.
Horikawaya Nomura is a 300 plus year old soy sauce & miso brewery located in Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture. Over the centuries they have perfected their use of traditional techniques to produce some of the best soy sauce and miso that we have tasted.
While this shichimi togarashi packs a punch thanks to the use of Japan's Takanotsume ("Hawk's Claw") peppers, it is also well balanced with sesame, sansho and dried yuzu peel. Use this seven spice mix to add some zing to any meat dish, miso soup or whatever you want to spice up.
Keep in freezer when not using to preserve freshness.
Ingredients: red chili pepper, golden sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, Japanese pepper (sansho), dried yuzu peel, poppy seeds, shiso
Yamatsu Tsujita Co. Ltd. is located just outside Osaka, Japan. Fourth generation owner Tsujita-san is passionate about his spices and has gone so far as to single-handedly save the cultivation of Japanese Takanotsume (Hawk's Claw) chili. This chili is highlighted in his shichimi togarashi.