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DC Area Sushi with Genuine Wasabi?


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DC Area Sushi with Genuine Wasabi?

jerf | Oct 25, 2007 08:19 AM

After reading about the qualities and scarcity of real wasabi in The Sushi FAQ, I've become interested to know if there's any place around DC where I can go try the real deal.

Quoted from the FAQ: Due to a high demand and limited supply, what is often served with your sushi is a mix of American horseradish, mustard and coloring, which the Japanese call seiyō wasabi (“western wasabi”). This is because real wasabi can be hard to find or very expensive outside Japan (up to $100/lb). Wasabi is also sometimes powdered and reconstituted with water, and while this is sometimes served as well, the volatile compounds that make wasabi so unique are lost when the rhizome is powdered, so what you end up is an inferior product (which too is often mixed with American horseradish).

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