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Where To Get Wasabi — Best Variety

Updated on August 25, 2013
Where To Get Wasabi — Best Variety
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Just last week I was going around some places and then we stopped by one of the restaurant favored by the local populace and we placed our order for sushi. They provided a green paste called wasabi sauce along with the sushi. This green paste was awesome and hardly have I experienced any pleasant hot sauce of this kind in my life. So I enquired about it. They told me that this is the most expensive sauce which only a few restaurants provide.

Since then my sojourn to look out for what is wasabi and to know more about it began and here I am going to share my experiences with you.

What Is Wasabi?

Wasabi is a kind of plant root and falls in the Brassicaceae family which has its other members namely cabbage, horseradish, etc. Wasabi is also known Japanese horseradish or Wasabia Japonica. Its roots are very spicy and strongly aromatic. It will tickle your nasal buds more than your taste buds.

Which Kind Of Taste Wasabi Has?

Wasabi tastes hot but it is not on the side of chili but more on the side of horseradish or mustard kind of taste. It is its aroma alongwith its taste which gives it a distinct place and separates it from horseradish.

Where Wasabi Is Grown And Why Is It So Costly?

Wasabi has its roots in Japan but because of its shortage, it commands a costly price and thus is now grown in various other parts of the world including China, Korea, New Zealand, and yes few parts of North America. Don’t worry as for where to get wasabi, you can avail them in any supermarket or over the internet.

It is best grown naturally and requires a temperature between 8 to 20 degree Celsius. Free flowing water along the mountain riverbed along with natural shade by forest cover is the best and ideal location for growing wasabi and the best variety known as sawa wasabi is grown in this condition and fetches the greatest price.

How To Prepare Wasabi Sauce?

Wasabi is famous for its unique and strong flavor, its texture and the hotness it produces. For all these, we need to grate it super finely so that the enzymes present in it break down properly creating the strong color, odor, and taste it is famous for. The more properly it is grated, the more pleasant it is in taste and aroma. But the weak point is that grated wasabi paste holds it aroma for only 15 minutes, so it is prepared just before consuming and is often placed in between two layers of food, for example, in sushi wasabi paste is placed in between fish and rice so as to hold the aroma for longer.

Wasabi Recipes

1. Fish Wasabi-Searing Tuna With Wasabi Sauce Is Great Delicacy.

Mix white wine, vinegar, along with shallots and put them in a saucepan and place them over heat (medium flame). Let the mixer slowly reduce to about 1/6th of its quantity. Then strain the shallots out and dispose them. Now the time is for adding wasabi along with soy sauce to this reduced mixture and also reduce the heat more. Then, add butter slowly constantly stirring at the same time till it gets completely mixed. Now put the cilantro leaves and remove them from heat. Keep the mixture aside.

Preheat the grill at max. Brush the tuna steaks with butter or olive oil and add salt to taste and pepper. Now grill the tuna and change the sides at say at 2 minutes oiling them. 5 minutes is more than enough to grill. Remove the grilled tuna and serve it with the above prepared wasabi sauce.

2. Wasabi With Mashed Potato

1 pound potato

1/4 cup whole milk

1/3rd tablespoon wasabi tablespoon

1 tablespoon butter.

Boil and mash potato in a container and keep it aside. Take the milk and wasabi powder and stir and mix it. Add this mixture and butter to the mashed potato and mix them properly using an electric mixture till it becomes fluffy.

3. Oriental Snack Mix

1 cup purchased wasabi peas

1 cup toasted rice cracker mix

1 cup sesame sticks

1 cup honey-roasted peanuts

1/2 cup shredded coconut

Now mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container until served.

4. Sushi Is Almost Inseparable With Wasabi So It Is Often Called Wasabi Sushi.

In sushi, the wasabi paste is placed in between fish and rice so as to hold the aroma for longer.

Hope Wasabi lovers will leave their valuable to comment to this article Where To Get Wasabi — Best Variety,

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    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Deborah for stopping by and expressing your views.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I love the idea of wasabi and mashed potatoes! I will have to give that a try.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you DDE for your words of all your support for this article. Wasabi is indeed something which I have tasted the freshly grated ones and definitely they are far superior to anything of their category.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well written hub on Wasabi informative and helpful to any one who needs to know more about how to cook it and also about the interesting facts.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Alicia! It is nice to meet a wasabi lover, as I too relish the taste and its freshly grind aroma.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoy eating wasabi. Your wasabi recipes sound great! Thanks for sharing them.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It is my pleasure jacqklin.

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      5 years ago from ITALY

      Thank you!

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you jacqklin for your nice comment. The japanese wasabi is not plain horseradish. There is a huge difference. Both have similarities in taste, but since horseradish is cheap and widely available, it is used as a variant of wasabi. Whereas, wasabi has a distinct, rich, and superior taste to horseradish.

    • jacqklin profile image


      5 years ago from ITALY

      Great interesting and useful article! I thought it was plain horseradish with green colouring!! Thank you for teaching about it.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks midget for appreciating and encouraging my writings. I know being a Singaporean you must be enjoying the best variety of wasabi there.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Whoa! For me, Wasabi must give me that kick up the nose!!! Thanks for sharing where we can get the best ones!!

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you moonlake for your showing interest in this article. I am sure that your son will love mashed potato with wasabi.

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      5 years ago from America

      My son loves wasabi I will have to let him know about this. I have never heard of Wasabi With Mashed Potato sounds good. Voted up.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi hawaiianodysseus! Your great comment I will remember always. You are a true friend. After writing an article, I keep on editing it and I somehow left both of them. Thanks to you a lot!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi! Wasabi is indeed a wonderful sauce, and here in the mainland USA as well as in my home of origin, Hawai'i, wasabi is not at all expensive. I like your writing and, if I may, would like to offer a suggestion. Your third paragraph appears to repeat what you already said in your first paragraph. I believe this was just an oversight on your part. Thanks for being open to my suggestion.

      Aloha, my friend!



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