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estufarian Nov 7, 2003 07:16 AM

Has anyone seen 'genuine' fresh wasabi root in Toronto?
Most (if not all) of the packaged wasabi uses horseradish, mustard seed and food colouring. I'm looking for the genuine article to grate.
Preferably in west end (or downtown).

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    anno Nov 7, 2003 10:35 AM

    I'm not positive, but you may wish to call KING'S CAFE a Japense Vegetarian place in Kensington Market. They have a health food shop in the back that has good stuff like TVP and wasabi, but I don't know if they have the REAL stuff.

    Give them a call??

    Hope this helps!

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      Otonabee Nov 7, 2003 12:56 PM

      Just in case all else fails..

      I know that Hiro currently grates his own. You might be able to ask where they get their supply from.

      I did manage to find one site on the net for a BC company specializing in fresh wasabi(their site offers a fax order request).

      Good Luck!

      Link: http://www.wasabia.ca/order.htm

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        Otonabee Nov 7, 2003 12:57 PM

        Just in case all else fails..

        I know that Hiro currently grates his own. You might be able to ask where they get their supply from.

        I did manage to find one site on the net for a BC company specializing in fresh wasabi(their site offers a fax order request).

        Good Luck!

        Link: http://www.wasabia.ca/order.htm

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          h-p Nov 7, 2003 02:02 PM

          I am trying to find the name of a place in the west end, maybe on the Kingsway that if supposed to be excellent, and uses fresh wasabi - anyone know it?

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            Vivian Dec 21, 2003 08:53 AM

            Kaji Sushi on the Kingsway, see the posts below. Blows Hiro and Tojo in Vancouver out of the water. First time I ever had freshly grated wasabi was at Kaji; he also uses premium soy sauce, the most intensely flavoured soy sauce I've ever tasted (and we're not talking salty either). And the food, I was wowed and I don't wow easily. The restaurant is a splurge and I would recommend going with the more expensive Omakase menus. Reservations are a must as the space is small.
            Enjoy!

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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          shan Nov 7, 2003 04:41 PM

          Heisei Mart in Japantown in Markham might carry it. It's a bit out of your way though. I haven't been there myself but I understand they carry a whole slew of Japanese goods and food products.

          Good luck!

          Link: http://www.japantown.ca/english/mart/...

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            Francesco Nov 8, 2003 11:10 PM

            You may want to check out Sanko on Queen Street. I've found some interesting pre-packaged items there, but can't recall if they have what you're looking for.

            Link: http://www.toronto-sanko.com/en/

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