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real wasabi

anyone know where i can buy the root in manhattan?

anyone know of places that use real wasabi? (i know nippon does, and i think yasuda might)

has anyone had luck growing it themselves?

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  1. I've seen it sold at Sunrise Market.

    1. Sunrise mart and Katagiri carry them sometimes but not all the time, so give them a call first.

      Most upscale restaurants will have real wasabi but may not be offered unless you order omakase at the sushi bar (or if you request), because that way the cost of the wasabi is accounted for.

      1. there is a huge asian market in Edgewater NJ, and they sell fresh wasabi. It is very expensive though. About $30 for a 4 inch piece.

        1. edgewater isn't in manhattan ;)

          i've checked katagiri semi often and i've never seen it - bad timing i guess.
          i order omakase in many places - i'll try requesting in the future - any places you know of that have it for sure ( as opposed to the generic "most upscale")?

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          1. re: thew

            Yasuda, Kanoyama (need to ask and cost extra), Kurumazuhi, Sushiden, etc. have fresh wasabi.

            Even Megu has some, and Morimoto when ordering omakase at the chef table.

          2. Yasuda uses real wasabi for sure. I have also actually had it at Mishima (may have had to request it).

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            1. re: potluck

              Megu brings fresh wasabi root to the table and grinds as much as you want when you order sushi/sashimi.

              Le Miu, located on Avenue A between 6th and 7th, will give you fresh wasabi if you ask for it. They may charge you extra.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  I am very sorry to hear that! I thought it was an excellent restaurant.

            2. if i find the root for home use, can i freeze it to keep longer?

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              1. re: thew

                If my experience with "regular" horseradish applies here, you can, but it will lose 90% of its bite.

                1. re: thew

                  There are grated real wasabi in the freezer section of Sunrise Mart and Katagiri. They are in little jars and only $3 or $4 each. But small h is right, most of the "bite" are already lost.

                  that said, it's still much better than those tube things :P

                2. The only place I've seen it with any regularity is the Sunrise Mart on Broome St in Soho. I've never, ever seen it at Katagiri and only seen it once or twice at the Sunrise Mart on Stuyvesant St near 3d Ave even though in general, the latter is better stocked than the one on Broome.

                  I've never tried freezing it at all but supposedly freezing the root whole - and grating it while still frozen - works reasonably well.

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                  1. re: MikeG

                    I've bought it at Sunrise before and it wasn't fresh. It had almost no taste.

                    1. re: una mas

                      You really must ask if the wasabi is from Japan or domestic from Oregon. Domestic wasabi is not yet as good as the real thing.

                      It is amazing that here they charge a lot of money for real wasabi. They used to have to smuggle it in years ago, but now there is Japanese wasabi that is approved for import as it is properly prepared before shipping, so there is no reason for a premium for it anymore.

                      In Japan everywhere I went they used the real thing. No extra charge. It is just the way it should be. It should be the same here.

                      Most American do not realize that what they are getting is green colored mustard or some other wasabe substitute. There is actually one pre-prepared wasabi that comes in a tube that is pretty good.

                      1. re: una mas

                        Sometimes it does look like it's been sitting around too long in which case I skip it, but what I've bought wasn't tasteless. Then again, I've never had wasabi I knew to be fresh from Japan so maybe I'm missing something.

                    2. I've gotten fresh Wasabi root from Mitsuwa and from Sunrise on Broome. While I preferred the ones from Mitsuwa (they're bigger, which means that after you shave off the black bumpy peel, there's still plenty to grate) it was at Sunrise on Broome that I got the sharkskin grater that really works like a dream!

                      I find that I could keep the fresh wasabi for quite a long time if I only peel the part I'm going to grate. I keep the rest whole and unpeeled like I would keep cheese. I've used it even when at times the moisture wasn't well controlled and there were slight mold on the peel. Once you peel it, the inside is fine.

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                      1. re: HLing

                        Mitsuwa is amazing but as Thew said it's not in Manhattan. Sunrise has wasabi. If you are a regular at any of the better sushi places they will sell you or give you wasabi root. But then you need a shark skin board to grate it right. Jewel Bako was the first place I had wasabi grated in front of me. 15 East does it, Yasuda, Kanoyama, and Hatsuhana I think sushi Gari used fresh wasabi too.if you ask for it. Some places even get wild wasabi from japan,, but more often it's from USA ,,Emeril bought a wasabi farm and has been putting wasabi leaves in his premade salads.