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Anyone know where to buy fresh wasabi downtown? thanks

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  1. This thread might help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/436401
    Good luck with your search!

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    1. re: graydyn

      I'd suggest going into Sanko and asking for it there. If they don't carry it, they might be able to direct you to someone who does. You can also call Sushi Kaji and ask where they get their fresh wasabi.

      1. re: 1sweetpea

        I posted an identical request in 2003!!!
        Never did find it - everything at Sanko was horseradish. Finally found some in Chicago on a trip, so must admit I haven't been searching here recently. Was served some last time i was at Kaiseki Sakura.

        1. re: zamorski

          I have seen fresh wasabi root at Taro Fish market (Bayview and Sheppard), $25 each. But it is not downtown. zamorski, do they send you the whole root or the paste that is already grated from the root when ordering from State ?

          1. re: skylineR33

            I called and asked about "fresh real wasabi"
            Sanko $12 per piece; Taro $25 per piece.

            thanks all

            1. re: justto

              There are also different quality and size that you may want to take into account besides price. The one at Taro is a pretty big root, but I am not sure about the quality.

              1. re: justto

                If you're taking the time and effort to purchase wasabi root, you should look into getting a sharkskin grater. Also, once grated, it needs to be used within 10-20 minutes as it loses its flavour quickly.