Mutual Trading employees reveal their top 10 favorite items for 2015. The two most note-worthy trends are the rice and quick-prep items like Kurobuta Sausage, Pork Belly Chashu, Katsuo Tataki and Saba Mirin Yaki.
1. Matsuri Rice
California grown MATSURI GOLDEN KOSHIHIKARI RICE is closest to Japan’s prized Koshihikari rice harvested from the famous southern Uonuma region of Niigata, Japan. Enjoy the creamy, delicately sweet flavor and silky-moist texture. Kosher certified.
2. Yamasa Soy Sauce
3. Frozen Kurobuta Sausage
A specialized fishery in Tokushima, Japan uses 4 different herbs and spices as part of the feed to raise “Herb Buri”. These herbs are high in antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which gives this fish clean, non-fishy scented flesh with delicious colors.
5. Frozen Miyako Beef Bowl
Gyudon or beef bowl is one of the most well-loved Japanese comfort food. This gyudon cooked sukiyaki-style - flavored more on the sweeter side. The beef scum is carefully skimmed off so the broth is clear and golden before being packaged.
6. Frozen Tilapia
7. Frozen Cooked Pork Belly Chashu
Fully cooked pork belly chashu. Simply defrost to use - as toppings to ramen, fried rice and more!
Katsuo no tataki is an altered form of sashimi, traditionally served with chopped green onions, grated ginger and topped with ponzu.
9. Frozen Saba Mirin Yaki (Broiled Mackerel with Mirin & Soy Sauce)
This product is completely deboned, cooked and ready to serve. Simply reheat in a microwave or grill over charcoal to add some extra caramelized flavor.
10. New Rose Rice