Haku Black Garlic Shoyu is a truly extraordinary expression of the progressive next generation of Shoyu Masters from Kyoto Prefecture. Following traditions dating back 3,000 years, while introducing new techniques and ingredients to produce an exceptional product worthy of their ancestor’s approval. These master craftsmen have perfectly paired the individual qualities of Shoyu and Black Garlic to create a symphony of flavors unrivaled by any Shoyu today. Complex aromas of earthy must and fermented soy beans are present on the nose while flavors notes of Fig, Raisin, Molasses and subdued hints of Garlic fill the palate. Used in Japan as a finishing Shoyu or as a stand-alone ingredient, Haku Black Garlic Shoyu stands out among Japan’s great Shoyus.
Shichi is Japanese for “seven” and togarashi means “peppers,” hence the name “seven spice” referring to the number of spices (plus nori) typically used in this blend. While many variations exist, shichimi togarashi typically includes red chili peppers, sanshō or sichuan peppercorns, dried orange peel, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, ground ginger, poppy seeds and nori (seaweed).
Takumi White Soy Sauce is rare. With a long tradition in Japan, light amber in color as well as cleaner and thinner than typical soy sauces, this white soy infuses wonderful flavor without darkening the color of foods. The more subtle Shiro (or white) soy sauce involves more wheat and has a lighter color and sweeter flavor. The wheat is roasted in hot sand until it turns fox brown in color and yields a fragrant aroma. Then it is coarsely milled to resemble cracked wheat and a small amount of steamed soybeans are mixed with the fragrant, roasted wheat. The soybeans and wheat are mixed together and inoculated with koji seed. Because of this mildness, white soy sauce is a favorite of chefs & mixologists looking to add the flavor of soy without overpowering the flavors and colors of other ingredients.