- rcheng Aug 10, 2006 03:54 AM
Anyone know where I can score some fresh wasabi in the DC area?
I have never seen it for sale here, but the specialist Japanese markets, like the one on Curren Ave in McLean, might have it occasionally.
I talked to the cashier at the Japanese store in McLean and no luck there the last time I was there. The only thing I found out is that it's hard to get and very expensive.
I have purchased Wasabi root from Pacific Farms (http://www.freshwasabi.com/) It was very nice when grated properly, but it was milder than the fresh wasabi root that you find imported from Japan at the finest restaurants in the US, like Masa in NYC and Matsuhisa in LA.
When I get a little OCD I think about ordering some Japanese wasabi via one of my Japanese chef friends that gets it regularly. I suppose that if my Japanese were better I could buy it directly from Japan. :)
Alternatively, as you are aware, you can buy authentic wasabi paste in tubes at many Asian markets and online from Catalina Offshore Products (http://www.catalinaop.com/index.htm) which also sells excellent sushi grade fish.