Japanese ingredients becoming mainstream

Discussion in 'Food in the News' started by morning glory, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Sushi restaurants in the U.S. represent a $3 billion segment, and according to IbisWorld, they have enjoyed an annual growth rate of more than 3 percent over the past five years.

    But it seems that traditional Japanese ingredients such as Wasabi, Togarashi ,Furikaka and Miso are now finding their way into all kinds of Western style recipes with dishes such as togarashi ranch dressing; sous-vide hanger steak, with added sunny-side-up eggs, kimchi, rice and furikake; wasabi mayo and miso butterscotch cookies.

    Do you use Japanese ingredients in Western style or fusion dishes? Examples if you have them!

    Source: https://www.nrn.com/food-trends/japanese-ingredients-move-mainstream
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
  2. epicuric

    epicuric Über Member Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    Wasabi and miso are the only of those that I am familiar with. Wasabi is a great taste, but with fresh horseradish growing in the garden I wouldn't buy it. Miso I have used in soups, I can't think of a home grown alternative to its lovely salty umami taste. It's very cheap too.
     
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  3. rascal

    rascal Senior Member

    My daughters been to Japan, she uses Japanese stuff all the time. I love it too. Japanese Mayo is heaven with panko chicken.

    Russ
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Miso isn't cheap! Well I don't think so... I use it in all sorts of things - stews etc.
     
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Nori, mirin and sushi rice are always on hand, but we keep Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Korean ingredients as well. We are growing Shishito peppers and Shiso right now. Miso is pretty cheap here and I think we've made a dish with it once.
     
  6. epicuric

    epicuric Über Member Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    It is if you buy the little sachets of soup - cheap as chips!
     
  7. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Oh I see - I was taking about miso paste - this one which I usually get is £4. A little goes a very long way, though.

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  8. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    We usually go to the Asian markets when we are buying Asian ingredients. They are so much cheaper than at a regular grocery store. BUT, we have a medium sized Asian market about 10 minutes away, and a huge one about 20-25 minutes away so it's convenient for us.
     
  9. detroitdad

    detroitdad Senior Member

    Location:
    Ypsilanti, MI.
    We are huge wasabi fans in my house. We have been eating it for years.
     
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  10. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Anyone ever have fresh wasabi?
     
  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    No - but I just googled and look what I found - leaves as well as the roots

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  12. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    We've had some fresh root a couple of times. I don't remember how much it was, but do remember thinking that's pretty expensive for the amount we got. It's not nearly as pungent as the paste or the powder.
     
  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    ... and they also sell the flowers when in season:

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  14. Karen W

    Karen W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Over the Rainbow
    I'm a big fan of Teppanyaki. There are a couple of joints that I frequent. Don't really care for sushi, though. I don't make it at home, one reason being is that they cook everything up on one of those steel drums. Kind of 1980s Benihana style LOL. Years ago, I used to visit a Japanese restaurant in Palm Desert called Kobe. The food was amazing. Always look forward to having the gyoza, as well. May pay them a visit this weekend
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  15. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Benihaha's are still around and they are still being built as development continues. Hope we have enough water supply.
     

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