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.
Nomura-san's miso is some of the best we have ever tried. His commitment to his koji for each miso is a testament to his fine condiments, plus in Japan miso is everywhere and everyone uses it for this or that. Nomura-san’s aka (red) miso has a strong flavor, mixing sweet, salty and savory elements. This robustness in flavor is attained over a 3 year fermentation. This miso can be a great marinade for meats or used in miso soups that include vegetables like potatoes or pumpkin. Keep refrigerated.
Ingredients: soybean, barley (wheat), 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.
This interesting soy sauce from Yugeta is smoked using cherry wood. If you taste this soy sauce on its own, you might be overwhelmed by the smoke flavor. Instead, this smoked shoyu is meant to be eaten with food…think a smoky dipping sauce. Perfect for all sorts of vegetables, meats, seafood, fruits (and even cheeses!). Whatever you want a smoky shoyu flavor on, this is your soy sauce! Produced from only Japanese-grown soybeans, wheat and natural sea salt. Please refrigerate after opening.
Ingredients: water, soy bean, wheat, salt
Yugeta Shoyu has been making soy sauce since 1923 just outside Tokyo in a village called Tawame, Saitama Prefecture. Today the company is run by fourth generation Mr. Yohichi Yugeta, who is keeping alive traditional shoyu (soy sauce) making. Yugeta Shoyu’s soy sauce is brewed naturally and uses only Japan-grown wheat and soybeans.
We have traveled all over Japan, meeting with artisanal producers of traditional ingredients (tough job, we know). What we've found is amazing: perfectly roasted sesame seeds, konbu hand-harvested from the cold, clean waters off of Hokkaido, tamari produced by a company over 200 years old, and rice vinegar made by a company so exacting that they grow their own rice, make it into sake and then turn it into vinegar.
Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques have been making their way into restaurant and home kitchens across North America. With our ingredients you can elevate your cuisine.