These flakes from Matoba Suisan are made from katsuobushi known as Karebushi, which is skipjack tuna that has been poached, smoked and then repeatedly taken through a cycle of fermentation and sun drying. The fermenting process is laborious, takes at least 6 months to produce and creates katsuobushi that yields a deeper, rounder, more nuanced umami. Often used by the highest end restaurants in Japan, it really is the pinnacle of katsuobushi.
They are a wonderful addition to any dish as a topping. You can add a smoky, slightly salty, umami rich savory-meaty flavor by simply sprinkling on top of dishes like Takoyaki, Agedashi tofu, etc.
To learn more about the differences and how to use fermented vs non-fermented katsuobushi, please read our blog post Katsuobushi Journey.
Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Keep refrigerated after opening.
Ingredients: dried skipjack tuna (contains fish: skipjack tuna)
- 70g plastic bag
- Made in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Located in the port town of Makurazaki in far southern Kyushu, Matoba Suisan crafts katsuobushi using traditional methods.
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