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The same size used by chefs!
These shavings 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 and takes at least 6 months to produce. Often used by the highest end restaurants in Japan, it really is the pinnacle of katsuobushi.
They impart a wonderfully smoky, slightly salty flavor and bring a deeper, rounder, more nuanced umami. This thinly shaved katsuobushi is probably the most common style used for making dashi but can also be used as a topping for okonomiyaki.
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)
Located in the port town of Makurazaki in far southern Kyushu, Matoba Suisan crafts katsuobushi using traditional methods.
Vendor: Matoba Suisan