Japanese food is among the most diverse and multi-layered cuisine on the planet, with flavour profiles that spark the imagination. A large volume of regional Japanese food doesn’t get to be experienced outside of the country, so it’s wonderful to see businesses like Kokoro Care Packages changing that by offering bespoke Japanese food hampers from regions all over Japan.
Run by Lillian Hanako Rowlatt and Aki Sugiyama, Kokoro Care Packages is built on a foundation of bringing people closer together with new foods and tastes. I had the opportunity to see what was in Kokoro’s Community Favourites of 2020 package, which really opened my eyes to the huge range of regional Japanese products that are out there.
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Across the world, there’s been an explosion of interest in Japanese ingredients, with chefs and bartenders infusing things like sake, dashi, miso and shochu into their culinary creations. Fresh wasabi is another ingredient that’s become highly prized, especially when you consider that much of the stuff that comes in mass-produced paste form is probably horseradish or mustard.
Pound for pound, wasabi is arguably the most expensive vegetable on the planet because of how it’s produced and the demand for getting hands on the genuine article. Down in the South-East of England, The Wasabi Company has made a name for itself by growing fresh wasabi and championing it across the globe.
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As a creative outlet, cooking is extremely satisfying. There’s so much opportunity to combine different ingredients and develop unique dishes. And one of the most distinctive cooking methods is wafu, which translates to ‘Japanese style.’ By bringing together Japanese ingredients with western cooking, you have the potential for out of this world cuisine.
I love experimenting with wafu pasta and a recipe that I’ve come up with recently is a vegetarian dish that uses conchiglie and tofu to create a rich umami texture. Continue reading “Vegetarian Wafu Conchiglie Pasta With Tofu and Sake Sauce”