Have you ever tried wasabi? You can, along with some fantastic sushi, here at Sushi Wabi. Our Summerlin sushi restaurant is a must see if you are in Las Vegas. If you are unfamiliar with wasabi, it is a fiery condiment popular in Japan. We go over some fun wasabi facts here for your entertainment and education.
Where it comes from
Wasabi comes from the Wasabi root, which is a long, knotted tuber from a branchless (single stem) plant, that has round, single stemmed leaves. They look very close to brussel sprouts, actually. Both the stem and leaves from the plant are edible, and also have medical applications. While the whole plant gives off little aroma, when grated it spouts a fiery, mustard smell and flavor. There are two types of wasabi, “sawa” (aquatic) wasabi, which is more intense and lingers a bit, and “Oka” wasabe, which is less intense but lingers for longer.
Wasabi actually has some great nutritional benefits. It is high in fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and C. It also has anti-inflammatory properties due to the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in its rhizomes. These ITCs also have anti coagulant and immune boosting properties.
The wasabi root grows in the native wet streams and banks of Japan’s mountains. However, we also grow it in the United States in Oregon, Washington, and BC, where the climate is similarly damp, humid, and temperate. The wasabi root takes about three full years to cultivate, and the longer that it grows in the ground, the more nutritious and flavorful it will be.
Sawa vs. Oka
We mentioned before that there were two types of wasabi: sawa and Oka wasabi. However, one of them is much more popular than the other, and is also known as “True Wasabi”, and that is semi aquatic sawa. Considered a rare delicacy, it is most commonly found as a paste that is put onto sushi or other dinner items.
Do It Yourself Wasabe
If you just can’t get enough of wasabi at Sushi Wabi, you can create a wasabi paste yourself. Just get a wasabi root, peel and grate it finely, then puree it with some mayonnaise. It will be perfect for sandwiches, coleslaw, and fish dishes. Add some soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar for a wonderful tasting marinade.
Come enjoy wasabi with other great sushi dishes here at our Summerlin, Las Vegas Sushi Restaurant. We also have an extensive drink menu for you to enjoy as well. Call to create a private party reservation at your convenience, and experience some of the freshest, most delicious sushi around.
We can’t wait to see your at our restaurant. We have lots of delectable foods for you to try. For more information about our dishes, location, reservation, or anything else, please do not hesitate to give us a call at your earliest convenience. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to provide you with any information that you might need.