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Real Wasabi not seiyō wasabi

sillewater Dec 14, 2012 05:53 PM

There was a thread about this before: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861451

Seems Shiro is the answer but it is my understanding they are closing down. I was wondering if any of you know of any other restaurants that MAY serve real wasabi. I know it's not grown outside of Japan so it's hard to get but someone must have it and use it.

  1. Sam Salmon Dec 14, 2012 06:29 PM

    The Good News is that Wasabi is definitely grown outside Japan-some is actually grown here in BC


    That doesn't make it easy to find though and you'll be 'throwing down large' when you do stumble upon some.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon
      sillewater Dec 16, 2012 03:15 PM

      Man, that is expensive stuff.

    2. a
      analogarsonist Dec 17, 2012 08:50 AM

      I realize you're asking about restaurants, but for home-use, I buy fresh wasabi from South China Seas Trading Co at Granville Island - about $8 for a root, enough for a few meals for 2... I always wondered if it would be weird to bring your own wasabi to a sushi restaurant :)

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      1. re: analogarsonist
        fmed Dec 17, 2012 10:15 AM

        I saw someone do that at Aki a few years ago. Brought his own sharkskin and everything.

        1. re: analogarsonist
          sillewater Dec 18, 2012 12:59 PM

          Awesome. I'm definitely going to check it out.

        2. j
          jerkstore Dec 18, 2012 02:39 PM

          I have had it at Dan before but I don't think they use it regularly, only for certain dishes (I have definitely had it in a number of dishes in omakase courses over the years).

          1. b
            bonlee Dec 21, 2012 12:52 PM

            Not sure if it's real wasabi, but the stuff they serve at Tojo's doesn't taste the the usual green gunk.

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