If you plan to be transfixed by the performance of Team GB in Tokyo this summer, why not live the whole experience and eat Japanese too? Generally perceived as super-healthy, The Wasabi Company makes preparing Japanese food super-easy with its extensive range of kits.
The Wasabi Company is the only grower of wasabi in England, with farms in Hampshire and Dorset, but this family owned business also curates a range of over 250 Japanese products, carefully selected from some of the best artisanal producers, and makes its own range of Wasabi Company condiments too. Bursting with fresh aromas and perfectly balanced flavours many of these products are award winning, all are made using natural ingredients and are free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.
The Wasabi Company provides everything you need to enjoy Japanese cuisine at home regardless of whether you’re a miso master or a Soba noodle novice.
Wasabi Starter Kit: £23
Everyone thinks they’ve tried wasabi – until they try the real thing! Unless you’ve been in a restaurant and seen it grated before your eyes, chances are, it was actually horse radish and colouring.
The Wasabi Starter Kit is the perfect way to experience it properly. The kit contains a 50g fresh wasabi rhizome, a specialist wasabi grater to generate the familiar green paste using circular motions, a bamboo wasabi grater brush (to help you mix the wasabi and gather all of the valuable paste from the grater) and a guide on how to prepare and store your wasabi.
Fresh wasabi is classically paired with sushi and sashimi. Versatile in the extreme, fresh wasabi can also flavour dressings, butters, sauces, ceviche, gravadlax, sorbets, foams and freshly grated it’s fabulous as an accompaniment to meat or fish.
Connoisseur Soy Sauce Collection £37.50 (Aged, smoked & yuzu soy sauce)
Take your appreciation of soy sauce to a new level. These three soy are all crafted by artisans using authentic production methods unchanged for hundreds of years. 3 Year Aged Soy Sauce is rich, thickly textured and powerfully flavoured due to the long ageing process in cedar barrels. Smoked using cherry wood, Smoked Soy Sauce delivers a full-bodied flavour of smoke and umami, add to marinades, rubs and sauces in very small amounts. Nama Shoyu, means Fresh Soy Sauce, so called because it is unpasteurised. All the wonderful flavour from the double fermentation production process is preserved and with 20% less salt than normal soy, it has an exceptionally smooth flavour and exquisite balance.
Miso Starter Kit £25
Love miso soup but never made it yourself? Here is everything you need to create satisfying, umami rich and super healthy miso soup; amongst other things, it’s said to be exceptionally high in a range of nutrients, great for weight loss, regulates blood pressure, aids digestion due to probiotics, even making people ‘feel more connected to the earth’!The kit contains genuine Japanese Miso, Kombu seaweed, Bonito flakes and mineral rich Wakame tick every box on the miso essentials list. Supplied with a guide on how to rustle up the ultimate warming miso soup.
DIY Sushi Starter Kit £36
If you haven’t rolled out your own maki rolls you are really missing out! Easier than you think and a whole lot of fun to try, this kit provides all the essentials to get you started. Just add fish for meat lovers, while because this kit is all vegan if vegan sushi is what you are after, simply slice up some avocado, spring onions, cucumber and mango and away you go!
Ultimate DIY Sushi Starter Kit £99
For those sushi aficionados who want the ultimate homemade sushi- making experience the Ultimate DIY Sushi Starter Kit is the answer to your prayers. Premium quality products including crisp nori, aged soy sauce, yuzu ponzu and English fresh wasabi, this kit is discounted by over £11 compared to buying the products separately so what’s not to like – great quality and a great price!
The Yuzu Taster Collection £15.50
Dive into the sensational flavour of the famous Japanese citrus, Yuzu. Tart, aromatic and zesty yuzu combines lemon, grapefruit and mandarin flavours and yet still remains resolutely original. Yuzu juice is so strongly flavoured just a few drops will flavour a dressing or marinade; it makes a spectacularly refreshing drink when mixed with sparkling water or Gin and tonic. Yuzu jam has a big flavour like the mother of all marmalades and candied peel is a highly addictive treat all on its own but works wonderfully well in muffins or chocolate too.
The Gourmet Yuzu Collection £43
If you’re addicted to yuzu This magnificent seven will give you the fix you need of this wonderful flavour. Tart as the sharpest lemon, aromatic as citrus blossom and a complex flavour like all citrus rolled into one. The Gourmet Yuzu Collection contains Yuzu Jam, Yuzu Juice, Yuzu Mustard, Yuzu Mayonnaise, Candied Peel, Yuzu Soy Sauce and Fresh Yuzu Ponzu Sauce. Fill your boots yuzu freaks!
The Ultimate Japanese Cooking Kit £59
This kit delivers the essence of Japan to your kitchen. Concentrated white dashi is the best stock you will have ever tasted with a distinct Japanese flavour, White Soy Sauce enhances almost any sauce or dish, providing distinctive depth of flavour without overloading on salt or dark colours. If you don’t know already you will soon find out how white miso blesses everything it touches! Marinades, soups, dressings, rubs, dips and sauces all taste better after stirring in the sweet, fermented, umami flavour of white miso. Add in the flavour packed Smoked Soy Sauce and classics: Yuzu Ponzu, Furikake and Okinawa Sugar and your taste buds will be alive with appreciation.
The Ultimate Vegan Japanese Cooking Kit £45
Vegans do NOT need to miss out when it comes to experiencing the epicurean wonders of. In fact, vegan Japanese monks have been creating all vegan dishes for centuries. The Wasabi Company vegan ponzu is packed with citrus and umami and with 3 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards you know the quality is going to be sublime. White soy sauce enhances soups, sauces, marinades and countless other dishes by adding depth of flavour and white miso is famously flavourful and versatile. Add the booming flavour of Smoked Soy sauce, Furikake seasoning and the sensational richness of Okinawa sugar and this kit is going to be a huge hit in any household, vegan or not!
So this summer support the team and feel like you’re with them in Tokyo as you tuck into some Japanese culinary delights! All products are available to buy as collection sets or individually from thewasabicompany.co.uk. Some of The Wasabi Company condiments are also on sale from Ocado, Whole Foods and hundreds of farm shops and delis up and down the country.