A bunch of us from work went to sushi for lunch one day. One of my coworkers had never tried it. He mistook the green lump on his plate for avocado, and proceeded to ingest the whole thing at once. Fred (not his real name, which was Dave) was too proud to show any sign of discomfort, but we suddenly noticed he wasn't talking or eating, just sitting there turning all different shades. He finally confesses, "I thought it was guacamole!"
I like 'wasabi' with sushi with pickled ginger. A nice layering of flavors. Regarding wasabi peas, the best, in my limited experience, were made in Taiwan in a market stall in a town on a mountain on the coast. I do not remember the name of the town but it was on the road that winded past an old japanese gold mine, and a gigantic statue of the God of War.
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I like / love wasabi, the real stuff. I'll use the tube / paste stuff but the real stuff is excellent. It's actually a little sweet. Traditionally, you grate it yourself using shark skin.
Sashimi, of course but sparingly. And chirashi. Sushi nigiri usually not - I just use whatever the chef puts. I use more with zaru soba.
ETA: just saw the pic that kkina posted. The grater looks like traditional shark skin.
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I've only had true wasabi twice and it really is different than what you see at your neighborhood "sushi place".
The first time was when I was invited to a high end sushi restaurant for a omakase dinner at the Santa Monica Airport. Apparently this restaurant was very popular with Japanese business men in America who would fly in in their private company jets. As already mentioned the most surprising thing was the sweetness of it. In true form the chef brought out a piece of shark skin mounted on a board to grate the root.
Unfortunately I was never about to make a return visit as they were closed down for serving blue whale meat
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My senses are quite sensitive to anything with pepper type spices, but it seems I can do straight wasabi and like it.
I joke with my family, the reason they serve strong wasabi and ginger with sushi is so that you can't taste the sushi (which my family loves but I hate).
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