Trying fresh wasabi for the first time – watch our video to find out where to buy fresh wasabi in the UK, how to prepare it, and most importantly how it tastes with sushi!
Fresh Wasabi versus Fake Wasabi
We love Japanese food and make sushi at home most weekends. Recently I discovered that most wasabi paste doesn’t contain any real wasabi. It’s a mix of horseradish, mustard and food colouring – find out more about this in episode 5 of All the Best Stuff is from Japan. So of course I wanted to try the real stuff!
I found a company that grows wasabi in the UK called The Wasabi Company, who sell fresh rhizomes online. Wasabi is very difficult to grow, requiring precise conditions, which is why it’s so expensive.
Fresh wasabi has a much more delicate flavour than fake wasabi paste. It’s aromatic and fragrant, rather than being just hot like wasabi from a tube. Exposure to air causes the wasabi to lose its flavour, so you have to prepare it right when you’re ready to eat, and grated wasabi can’t be stored. However I found the rhizome lasts for about 2 weeks in the fridge, so you can use it several times. The fresh wasabi comes with instructions on how to keep it fresh in the fridge.
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Make your own Sushi at Home
Make your own sushi feast at home with our How to Make Sushi comic book – it’s available as a gift set with a Yutaka bamboo rolling mat and two pairs of chopsticks. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s not difficult and you can have as much sushi as you want without worrying about the bill! Having a sushi party is a great way to spend time with friends – plus you can show off your expert rolling skills! You can also get the comic as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
We make sushi most weekends, so if you need any help finding ingredients, sushi-safe fish or fresh wasabi, or have any questions about making sushi, just get in touch on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll try and help you out! And we’d love to see pictures of your sushi! (Because sushi’s the most photogenic food – it’s mandatory to Instagram it before eating).