Wasabi is traditionally used with Japanese dishes such as sushi and sushimi. While similar to horseradish, Wasabi has a unique flavor and very pungent heat.
Wasabi powder provides a nice change of pace from chili. It provides heat, but has more of an herbal overtone and dissipates more quickly.
Wasabi is a great compliment to almost any Asian dish. Try adding a dollop to you mashed potatoes, or mix it in with some mayo for a sandwich. It adds zest to salad dressings, marinades, mayonnaise, vinaigrette, and dips. You can also use it as a substitute for Dijon mustard, or as a flavoring in home-made mustard.
Mix 1 teaspoon of Wasabi powder with 2 teaspoons of water, allow to stand for a few minutes. You can also make an easy Wasabi cream sauce in the same manner, just add warm cream until you reach the desired consistency.
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Mixing with water, the enzyme reaction will create a penetrating, sinus-clearing heat. Use sparingly and within about 12 hours of making so only make-up small quantities at a time for best results.
Wasabi is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. It is also called Japanese horseradish, although horseradish is a different plant. Wasabi is generally used as a sauce that makes sushi or other foods more flavorful by adding spice. Its stem is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong pungency more akin to hot mustard than the capsaicin in a chili pepper, producing vapors that stimulate the nasal passages more than the tongue.
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