No wasabi in this wasabi
Horseradish is the number one ingredient.
Horseradish wasabi is “wasabi”, not WASABI !!!
If you’ve only eaten sushi with wasabi paste, you’ve probably never had the real thing.
Not real wasabi, but so what? Still great on sushi!
Japanese routinely eat sushi with “fake” wasabi, so there is no stigma against it. Real wasabi is too prized and scarce to grind up in large batches and let sit around. Once grated, real wasabi loses its pungency very quickly in the presence of oxygen (within 15-20 minutes). When presented to diners, wasabi is offered as a small root placed on top of a grater so you can grind the paste yourself.
Few Japanese people expect real wasabi except at fine sushi restaurants. Everywhere else, it’s this horseradish stuff dyed an unnatural shade of green, either offered as a tube or a ball of “wasabi clay” made from powdered horseradish. Real wasabi is notoriously finicky about its growing conditions and difficult to cultivate. What quantities not quickly snapped up by restaurants are sold to end consumers fresh as thumb shaped roots. Availability was sporadic and unpredictable in my supermarkets when I lived in Japan, and most people are happy with buying prepared wasabi substitutes like this for everyday use. S&B tube wasabi is commonly found in Japanese grocery stores and homes. It is also included as little squeeze packets in supermarket sushi sets.
If you ever have the chance to try real wasabi, do it! The taste is so different and hard to describe.. it has a sort of sweetness and pleasant pungency that horseradish cannot reproduce. Horseradish just gives you that powerful nasal burn. Real wasabi doesn’t.
That having been said, S&B is an excellent sushi condiment when real wasabi isn’t practical or available. I have used it for many years and will continue to use it. The paste easily dilutes into the soy sauce and coats sushi and sashimi well.
Easy to use but…
Best Wasabi Ever!!!
However this tastes LITERALLY like horseradish mixed with mayo. There are wasabi alternatives that actually taste somewhat close to natural wasabi. This stuff is horrible, I picked some up today at Kroger’s and am thinking about taking it back (I’ve never done that before in my life).
Wow, that’s hot.
Some reviewers don’t like this because they claim it isn’t real wasabi. That may be true – I don’t know quite honestly. I just know that although the texture was a little creamier than what I got in a restaurant, it still did the trick. It was very hot and I really liked it. But use VERY sparingly. I made the mistake of putting too much on, I thought it wouldn’t pack a punch and wow was I wrong.
This tube will last me quite awhile. I have made three batches of sushi and I haven’t hardly put a dent in the bottle yet.
I second the other “Terrible” review
Interesting that the other “terrible” review said it tasted like it was blended with mayonnaise. Obviously, I WANTED it to taste like wasabi mayo, which I’ve made many times with excellent results, and why not? It’s just wasabi and mayo!!!
When I whipped this batch up at the function, it tasted excessively salty, almost like baking soda, which rendered it unservable. Lucky I had other condiments so no huge deal.
I know I’ve used pre-made in the tube in the past, but this brand was truly awful. So, people, learn from my mistake: buy powder, add hot water, you’re done-enjoy!
decent wasabi in a tube.
of product for the money than in the stores. Grocery shopping by internet has a future.