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. This wonderful awase miso is what they called a mixed miso, which is something of a cross between white and red miso. Nomura-san ages this miso for one and a half years. The flavor is similar to red, but more mellow and less salty, which works perfectly with subtle flavors. One of our favorite ways to use this product is in a miso soup with eggplant or clams (or any other briny seafood). Keep refrigerated.
Ingredients: rice, barley (wheat), 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.
Omiyage, beautifully packaged souvenirs brought back from one's travels, are an important part of the gift giving culture in Japan. We are excited to offer our first Omiyage with this wonderful box that contains two bottles of Iio Jozo's artisanal vinegar.
For both of these vinegars Iio-san uses pesticide-free rice and spring water to first make sake, which he then ferments into vinegar. The Pure Rice Vinegar is made using 200 grams of rice per liter - which is five times the minimum amount required by law. The Pure Premium Rice Vinegar goes even further, using 320 grams of rice to make a liter. Both are exceptional products that deserve a place in your pantry.
Ingredients: water, rice
This Omiyage Gift Box Contains:
Pure Rice Vinegar
Pure Premium Rice Vinegar
Iio Jozo is a 123 year old vinegar company located on the Sea of Japan near the town of Miyazu. By controlling the process from start to finish and sticking to traditional production methods, Iio-san produces what is arguably the highest quality rice vinegar in Japan.
Dried shiitake mushrooms are such an important player in Japanese cuisine because they add so much umami. Takehisa’s Donko Dried Shiitake are some of the best because they are grown slowly over the winter, which amplifies their earthy umami, flavor and aroma.
These make delicious dashi, boiled dishes and bases for soup. They’re also really great for Chinese recipes because of their thick texture. Secret tip: they’re perfect to eat after they have been rehydrated - so don’t throw them away!
Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
Ingredients: dried shiitake mushroom
For over 85 years Takehisa has been a family-owned shiitake company located in Chikugo in Kyushu.
A truly unique tasting experience is Yugeta's double-brewed soy sauce (saishikomi). To make double-brewed soy sauce first Yugeta-san makes a 'regular' batch using soy beans, wheat, salt, water & koji. He then brews another batch of soy sauce, except he omits the salt and water and instead uses the first batch of soy sauce. This produces a soy sauce with a richer flavor and more viscous texture than regular soy sauce. It is also surprisingly less salty than regular soy sauce. Great for dipping, double brewed soy sauce can be used to make an amazing ice cream - yes, ice cream (think salty caramel...here's the recipe). 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. 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, & 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 & cooking techniques are making their way into restaurant & home kitchens across North America. With our ingredients you can elevate your cuisine.