So guess what? I’ve made it to the fourth and final round of the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge! Whee! As part of the final round, a super secret mystery ingredient was overnighted to me. If you follow my Tweets, you’ll have read my guesses on what it could be. Well, guess no longer – the secret ingredient is WASABI!
Wait a minute – isn’t it supposed to look like green paste, accompanied by some DayGlo ginger? Well surprise, surprise – the wasabi that accompanies your California roll oftentimes is not actually wasabi…
That’s right, kiddos – wasabi as an ingredient is usually quite expensive, so you are often dipping your sushi into a mix of horseradish, mustard and food coloring instead of actual wasabi (just check out the ingredients on your typical wasabi tube).
But I’m not working with horseradish here – Marx Foods sent over three rhizomes of green daruma wasabi. Nuanced, delicate and slightly sweet, daruma wasabi is heads and shoulders above the horseradish mix. I’ve only had authentic wasabi two times in my life – and it was life-changing! If you ever have the chance, you’ve GOT to try it.
Wasabi is not the easiest ingredient to use or store – right now, the three rhizomes are resting in damp towels in the fridge, and I need to check on them periodically. But I am so excited to create a recipe using this hard-to-find ingredient – I already have a few ideas in mind! So stay tuned; I’ll be going wasabi-crazy in the next week or so!
Are you a wasabi fan?