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Old 05-26-2006, 07:49 AM   #1
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How do you use Wasabi?

I looked this up on Wikipedia before bothering you all...

What is the most common way of using this condiment?
Is it used on its own, or mostly blended with soy sauce?
It is best bought as a paste, or reconstituted from powder?

I'm a fan of Chinese and Thai rather than Japanese food.
How would you suggest its use for these cuisines?

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Old 05-26-2006, 08:09 AM   #2
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What is the most common way of using this condiment?
Very, very carefully :). Mostly it is used as a condiment to accompany various kinds of seafood, or it is included in the dish (such as the small amount of wasabi between the rice and topping in nigirisushi). You could also try making a wasabi mayonnaise that has become quite a popular choice in various restaraunts (at least where I am) to accompany seafood dishes.

What luck, I just spotted a recipe posted by Iron Chef for a Soy and Wasabi Aioli that might interest you.

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Is it used on its own, or mostly blended with soy sauce?
Generally you do not mix it with soy sauce prior to serving, but put the soy and wasabi into two small seperate bowls.

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It is best bought as a paste, or reconstituted from powder?
I would buy it as a paste, more convenient.

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I'm a fan of Chinese and Thai rather than Japanese food.
How would you suggest its use for these cuisines?
I am unsure if you could incorporate it into Chinese-style dishes successfully. I definitely would not recommend trying to incorporate it into Thai dishes, I feel the flavour would not fit in whatsoever. I would leave wasabi to Japanese and Japanese-fusion dishes.
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:37 AM   #3
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I agree that the paste is easier to use, but the powder is fine too (and what I have in my cupboard).

Have you tasted wasabi yet? It is very powerful and has a unique taste. Give it a taste (carefully) and then go from there an experiment.
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:39 AM   #4
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the best thing about wasabi is that it hits hard, but then it is gone, it is not like a pepper at all
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:48 AM   #5
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Generally you do not mix it with soy sauce prior to serving, but put the soy and wasabi into two small seperate bowls.
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Whenever I go for sushi, I always put a dab of wasabi into the dish with the shoyu. (soy sauce) It's a must for me.
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:52 AM   #6
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A lot of people do do that grumblebee. If you ask the sushi etiquite people they will tell you that it is a huge no no to do that, but personaly I do not think there should be any rules other than if you enjoy it then you should do it!
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snort it!!!

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I agree with others and would not use Wasabi in Thai and Chinese dishes. There are many other ingredients that are authentic to that style of cooking and wasabi is not one of them.

If you have a lot of wasabi make yourself sushi or aioli as others suggested. I like to mix wasabi paste with some soy sauce and sesame oil and use that as my dip for sushi. I am not a big fan of raw sushi so it's mostly maki for me.

That thing is potent for sure. It immediately hits you and opens up your sinuses but as Charlie says it does not linger around.
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A lot of people do do that grumblebee. If you ask the sushi etiquite people they will tell you that it is a huge no no to do that,
Really? I always thought that was what was traditionally done! LOL. Shows what I know.

Here I am thinking I'm somewhat of a sushi connoisseur but I'm really just your average heathen!
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:19 PM   #10
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Yeah I was surprised to find out some of the sushi etiquite rules. Here are a few more...

When dipping the sushi in soy sauce it should be the fish that goes in the sauce, not the rice.

The fish should always touch your tongue first, not the rice.

Only pour a very little bit of soy sauce into the dish and add more as needed. Leaving a puddle of soy sauce leftover in the dish is considered wasteful and rude.

There are many other rules, but again the only rule I follow is do what you enjoy
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