Where to buy fresh wasabi?
Been looking for fresh wasabi for a while-- the whole wasabi root, not the reconstituted powder horseradish stuff you typically get at sushi restaurants or the grocery store. Been to a few japanese groceries in town but came up empty.
Only lead I have right now is a place that sells the plant on-line-- the catch is that you have to grow it for 3 years!
Anybody gotten their hands on this rarity in Boston?
have you called the asian markets- yoshinoya etc? i feel sure you don't have to order it from cal. for heaven's sake. russo's iin watertown and sid weiner in new bedford- both get some unusual things in. i think russo's supplies ECG. the high end sushi places like oishii , fugakyu, and the Clio's sushi bar-Uni?probably serve it and you could call them. If you only want it to serve with your own sushi, you could just buy a container of it from one of these restaurants. I think it has a shelflife of forever.
I've seen it at, strangely, East Coast Grill.
they serve it on the side of some dish which I can't remember.
and even then it's not always available.
but you can go in and ask where they get it or if they'd order you a finger.
also, Bluefin Sushi in the Porter Exchange sometimes serves it as a special.
again, you could ask.
but I've never seen it at a retail supermarket anywhere around here.
There is a store in Los Angeles I used to buy from called "Foodies", they sold the whole ryzome and it was approx $80 a pound, and it came on ice packs via FED-EX... Also, you can try "Pacific Farms" on the west coast. Their website is www.freshwasabi.com They don't sell the root, but the sell an excellent quality wasabi in tubes that is 'fresh'. I have used it before, and it is almost as good as the root.
Hope that helps.