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These Are the Japanese Condiments You Need in Your Life if You Do Not Already Have Them or a Significant Other

Here are 11 ways to spice up your (love to eat) life which does not require a tub of ice cream or that jar of peanut butter.

Put down that tub of ice cream or that jar of peanut butter because I am here to help you and your dog from having to eat any more peanut butter. You will no longer need a tub of Jif because these are the top Japanese condiments from yuzu kosho, Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise, ponzu, to karashi mustard.

Ketchup, mustard, mayo, and even sriracha not doing it for you anymore? Well, I have a little “something something” to put a little spark back into your kitchen (along with the best places to buy it from).

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Photo Description: a composite image I created of all the Japanese condiments. They range from Kewpie mayo, S&B Sansho, Kikkoman Shoyu, to Umajimura yuzu ponzu (my favorite ponzu).
This is the starting line-up in any Japanese kitchen/pantry, next to the Dorito’s and Pop-Tarts.

Japanese Condiment Brands

The brands listed below are products that are frequently used by Japanese, Japanese Americans, chefs, and people who want to create a dish inspired by Japanese flavors.

Where to Buy Online

If you live in an area with no Japanese markets, I have provided a number of ways to purchase online although if you want the full listing of vendors, you will have to visit one of the top articles on this blog. The vendors I included in this post, are just the ones that happen to carry the products so that you do not have to Google them yourself.

I have not removed Tokyo Central’s pricing even though they no longer sell online (brick and mortar only) because they set the benchmark on competitive pricing. UPDATE: 2/17/22, I will be adding additional competing vendors along with updated pricing.

To help support this site, as of 1/1/22, this page now contains only two affiliate companies out of all the companies listed.
  • Amazon: can be pricey but most vendors have quick turnaround times and Amazon typically happens to be the only entity with the widest range of products.
  • Tokyo Central/Marukai market: best pricing but not the fastest turnaround times (CLOSED online operations on Oct 13, 2020)
  • The Japanese Pantry: very specialized with a limited range of artisanal products.
  • Otafuku: the only producer of the bunch is listed because you can purchase directly through them, and each purchase supports this website (which is greatly appreciated because I am an affiliate).
  • Target/Walmart: why these two? Because they are everywhere, and I am trying to make it as easy as possible to purchase these products.

Distinctively Japanese

If you’re a media outlet (rhymes with “Focktard & Wine”), you might reference a Southeast Asian hot sauce because you associate anything Asian into the “ching chong” category, but if you are already familiar with my content you know that Korea, China, Vietnam, and Japan are very distinctively different from one another, so I don’t have to bring up Sriracha sauce in order to suggest the eleven Japanese condiments below.

These are popular Japanese brands and condiments that Japanese and Japanese Americans use (also, so you do not have to waste time, the highlighted fields give a summary to each condiment).

1. YUZU KOSHO (Chili Peppers and Citrus Paste)

I am putting yuzu kosho first because if you like to grill pork, chicken, or seafood, this is the one surefire ingredient to be a panty/boxer dropper if you utilize and wield it correctly.

Photo Description: a bottle of yuzu kosho by Fundokin is pictured atop a dark wooden table. It's a little rectangular box that is orange and white panels. The white panel shows Japanese kana with a sudachi? citrus illustration and the bottle with it's avocado colored paste.
Yea, it’s magical even if it is not spicy.

Type: Green chili and citrus (red chili is also available), 2.8oz
Brand:
Description:
it’s primarily a paste of chili’s, citrus/yuzu, and salt that you dab it on items.
Recommendation:
with meats like chicken, pork, to seafood it’s amazing on, and you can mix it with some yuzu ponzu to use it more like a dipping sauce.


Type: Green chili and citrus, 1.7oz (or 50g)
Brand: 
Fundokin
Description: I think I have tried all the brands of yuzu kosho, but I don’t have them all in front of me where I can do a side by taste test.
Recommendation: 
The same use as above.


Type: Green chili and citrus, 2.11oz
Brand: 
Takehachi
Description: this is the brand I currently have, but I probably have it because it was the only one available.
Recommendation: 
The same use as above.

Takehachi
2.11oz bottle (pictured)
Tokyo Central
$11.18
DSB0013
2.82oz
DeBragga
New York’s
Butcher
$11.95
Fundokin
Green yuzu
1.76oz
Amazon
$14.00
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

2. PONZU (Citrus-Based Sauce)

Ponzu in the U.S., especially with really bad sushi restaurants use a ton of ponzu, but the types they use will differ dramatically from the soy sauce blends to the citrus used (the best yuzu ponzu is by Umaji-mura).

I love Umaji-mura yuzu ponzu so much, I wanted to only sell this product (I wish I could).
Photo Description: three yuzu citrus fruit . Two are whole while the other one is cut in half to show the inside of the fruit which contains large seeds. The yuzu citrus is probably one of the most common types of citrus used in ponzu which is also one of the most popular of the Japanese condiments.
This is the one ingredient that compels me to a be a pantry sniffer.

Type: Yuzu Ponzu
Brand:
Umaji-Mura
Description:
This brand is the nectar of the GODS! Once you try it, you will never use another brand ever again. Right when you pull back the plastic tab, you’ll want to sniff that opening of the bottle for its intoxicating virgin aroma. If the product is not alluring enough, just know that this product is produced in a small secluded village in Japan called Umajimura in the Kochi prefecture (I seriously want to take the tour, check it out on tripadvisor). The yuzu citrus is probably one of the most common and ideal types of citrus used in ponzu which is also one of the most popular of the Japanese condiments.
Recommendation: shabu shabu, sashimi, a salad dressing, a perfume (slightly joking), and a number of other uses that you’ll have to google.
Competitive Price Range: this brand is the best, so it’ll set you back $9-10, but I have seen it sold for $12. Lesser brands sell for $6.78 (Mizkan/12.1 fl oz) or $3.29 (Kikkoman/10 fl oz).


Type: Sudachi Ponzu
Brand: Kagaya
Description:
if yuzu is on par with a lemon, then sudachi I suppose could be likened to a lime due to the color although most would say it is a blend of lemon and lime. The sudachi is then blended with a soy sauce to create a ponzu.
Recommendation: the same as the yuzu ponzu although just like a lemon versus a lime, there is a discernible difference.


Type: “Citrus”
Brand: Mitsukan 
Description: This has got to be one of the most popular ponzu’s most likely due to the affordability although buying it online from Amazon is $12.39 which is not cheap to me.
Recommendation: this is the one that you’ll probably find at most sushi bars.

Mizkan
Yuzu Ponzu Sauce
Sugoi Mart
$7.00
Mizkan
Kaori No Kura Yuzu
12.17fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$9.08
Fundokin
Ao (green) Ponzu
8.5fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$5.28
Mizkan
Yuzu Pon
12.17fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$6.78
Umaji Mura
Yuzu Ponzu
500ml
(I can’t in good conscience give the link for the $45 option even though I could profit from it. The reasoning, the seller on Amazon, Orangestar also only has a 81% rating).
Amazon
$19.44
$45.46
Umaji Mura
Ponzu Shoyu Yuzu no Mura
500ml
(finally there is a somewhat affordable vendor).
Nijiya Market
$14.49
Umajimura
Yuzu Ponzu
500ml
(they are shipping directly from Japan and a $40 price is ridiculous).
Takaski
$39.80
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

3. TONKATSU and OKONOMI SAUCE (Plant-Based Vegan Sauce)

Imagine a world where Worcestershire sauce is thick because you like it thick. Now, how does it sound that it’s plant-based (I know you don’t care because you’ll be slathering it all over meat), that is the sauces below.

Photo Description: yum, a black background, with a white plate with crispy juicy tonkatsu and a side of shredded pork. Atop the tonkatsu is bulldog sauce and the text "bull-dog and tokyo tonkatsu." This is a plant-based vegan sauce.
A vegan sauce for meats, the yin and yang.

Brand: Bulldog
Description: Tonkatsu sauce contains an abundance of vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, onions, carrots, apples, lemon, and prunes. To top it off, over 10 different spices are ground and blended in-house, including ginger, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, laurel, and thyme. Vinegar is also used, but it is used as a preserving agent.
This magnificent blend of spices gives the sauce its tangy and refreshing flavor.
Recommendation: it goes great with steaks, noodles, and a number of other foods like Japanese okonomiyaki, takoyaki, to of course tonkatsu (pork cutlet/schnitzel).

Bulldog
Vegetable & Fruit Sauce
10.1fl oz (300ml)
Tokyo Central
$3.78
Bulldog
Tonkatsu Sauce
(500ml)
Tokyo Central
$5.28
Kikkoman
Katsu sauce
5lbs
Webstaurantstore.com
$11.49
$12.49
$49.99
6/case
Bulldog
Tonkatsu Sauce
10.1fl oz (300ml)
Amazon
$7.84
$10.66
(x2 10.1)
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

The below listing, I have links to where you can purchase directly from the producer (Otafuku) and every purchase helps support this site. Although, I am not a sell out, so I am also giving you competing prices of places where you can buy elsewhere.

Brand: Otafuku (Buy Direct)
Description: The same as the above and Otafuku is vegan, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, to the use of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). The ingredients include date juice, carrots, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, apples, grain vinegar, Japanese spices, and “other” savory ingredients (their words). Also I find it funny that one uses 7 fruit’s and vegetables, while the other one does 8. It’s almost like “oh, yea, 8 minute abs, well how about 7 minute abs.”
Recommendation: it goes great with steaks, noodles, and a number of other foods like Japanese okonomiyaki, takoyaki, to of course tonkatsu (pork cutlet/schnitzel).

Otakfuku, Okonomi sauce
vegan, no MSG, no HFCS
17.6 oz (500g)
Otafuku
$7.99
Otakfuku, Okonomi sauce
vegan, no MSG, no HFCS
17.6 oz (500g)
Yami
$6.99
Otakfuku, Katsu sauce
7-fruit and vegetables, vegetarian, no cholesterol, gluten-free.
14.0 oz
Otafuku
$7.49
Otakfuku, Katsu sauce
7-fruit and vegetables, vegetarian, no cholesterol, gluten-free.
14.0 oz
Amazon
$10.29
Otakfuku, Yakisoba sauce
8-fruit and vegetables, vegetarian, no cholesterol, gluten-free.
14.0 oz to 81.4 oz
Otakfuku
$7.49
$17.99
Otakfuku, Yakisoba sauce
8-fruit and vegetables, vegetarian, no cholesterol, gluten-free.
14.0oz, 17.6oz, to 64oz.
Walmart
$7.99 (17.6oz)
$22.20
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

4. JAPANESE MAYONNAISE (Mayo Made From the Egg Yolk)

There’s mayonnaise, and then there’s Japanese mayo, and if you had any sort of “spicy something, something roll,” they were using Kewpie.

Photo Description: the kewpie diamond grid pattern and the iconic little baby (kewpie character) adorn the packaging of the plastic squeezable bottle which has a red and white motif.
Don’t even think it’s just for sammiches.

Brand: By Kewpie
Description: “
KEWPIE Mayonnaise is the “egg yolk type”, which contains egg yolk instead of whole egg.”
Recommendation: Like the typical mayonnaise it goes great with sandwiches, but where it beats your typical Miracle Whip is when blended with other ingredients like sriracha for sushi (that’s where that spicy sauce comes from), blending it with soy sauce to use as a dipping sauce for artichokes (I just gave away a family recipe), and it is used on a ton of Japanese foods from okonomiyaki to takoyaki.

Kewpie
Mayonnaise
17.64fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$3.88-$4.88
Kewpie (large jar)
64fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$12.38
Kewpie Mayo
12oz. (made in CA)
KewpieShop.com
$6.99
Kewpie Mayo
Tube
17.64fl oz.
Target
$7.99
Japanese Kewpie
Mayonnaise
17.64fl oz. (2pk and 3pk)
Amazon
$15.99 (2pk)
$23.95 (3pk)
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

5. SHICHIMI TOGARASHI (7 Spice Powder)

Colonel Sanders blend comes up short compared to shichimi togarashi. Also, this is as spicy as it gets for Japanese people, aside from hentai (tentacles).

NOTE: Only the Japanese version has hemp seed in it.
Photo Description: there is a pile of seeds and bits of chili pepper in a pile atop a white table. On the left is a small bottle of shichimi togarashi which is a clear bottle, red top, with Japanese kana on the front with the romaji "S&B" and "S&B foods, inc, and product of Japan also printed on the label"
This won’t even phase a Thai person even if you rub it in their eye.

Brand: House / S&B
Description: seven-flavor chili pepper which consists of coarsely ground red chili pepper (the main ingredient), ground sanshō, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, hemp seed (does this ingredient causing tunnel vision where this is all you see?), ground ginger, nori or aonori (seaweed), and poppy-seed.
Recommendation:
I was big on this topping as a kid on udon and gyudon where it seemed like that hole in the bottle just wasn’t big enough. Nowadays, I very rarely use it although I may still be tempted to want to use it on gyudon.

House Brand
.63oz
Tokyo Central
$2.38
S&B
.52oz (3 pack)
Walmart
$7.32
$8.86 (1pk)
$15.56 (3pk)
House Foods
.63oz
Amazon
$3.62
$23.06 (10pk)
$8.69
My Spice Sage
1oz to 50lbs
My Spice Sage
$7.70 (1oz)
$400 (50lb)
The Spice House
(Morimoto brand)
1/2 cup/1.8oz
They switched form S&B
to the Morimoto brand.
The Spice House
$6.49
$12.49 (2.2oz)
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

6. SANSHO (Japanese Pepper)

That tingle on your tongue is not paresthesia of the tongue due to damage to your nervous system, it is sansho, Chinese Sichuan peppercorn’s Japanese homie.

Photo Description: a pile of sichuan peppercorns are shown with a small bottle of sansho. It's a clear bottle, with a green top, and a green, gold, and white label with Japanese kana and the words S&B written on it.
That’s the raw sansho peppers, and if you want to learn more, check out Matcha JP online.

Brand: S&B
Description: This is one of those ingredients where you’re like WTF did I just eat because it’ll give you tingling sensation on your tongue.
Recommendation: I have had it with kabayaki which it is perfect on with the sweet and the contrasting makes the food “addictive” to me. The only foods I like it on are yakitori: chicken and pork, especially pork belly.

S&B
Sansho Powder
.42oz
Tokyo Central
$5.18
S&B
Sansho Powder
.42oz
(how is the 3-pack a deal when that is $8.66 each? It would be better to buy 3 from JFC)
Amazon
$6.99
(JFC)
$26.00
(3pk)
The Spice House
Sansho Japanese Pepper
.25oz
The Spice House
$6.99
$9.99
S&B
Sansho Powder
.42oz
(An old school website that is probably optimized for a Netscape browser, haha).
Pacific Mercantile
$4.89
$5.99
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

7. SHOYU (Several Varieties of Soy Sauce)

Yea, I have soy sauce here because even if you do have it, you probably do not have all the Japanese varieties that are available (there are 5-types and the range below barely scratches the surface).

Photo Description: shoyu or soy sauce is being brewed by two individuals dressed in white. They are using long paddles or most likely oar type tools to mix the large vats of shoyu in the all wood building with shoji screen windows.
You can thank these guys because if it were not for them, your sushi would not be able to bathe in soy sauce. Image courtesy of the JNTO (the Japan National Tourism Organization).

Type: Usukuchi Soy Sauce (light)
Brand: Yamasa (I also like the Kikkoman product)
Great for cooking
Description: usukuchi is typically mistaken for being low-sodium soy sauce, but it is actually a lighter colored soy sauce that would be more on the saltier side. If that sounds confusing to you, you can read my short article on all the varieties of Japanese soy sauces.
Recommendation: any lighter dish such as a one pot cooking (nabe) or stew where you want the light dashi/broth to stay light like a sansai (mountain vegetable) rice dish (get the recipe on JustOneCookbook.com).

Yamasa
Usukuchi Soy Sauce
34fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$5.68
Yamasa
Usukuchi Soy Sauce
34fl oz.
Pacific Mercantile
$4.59
Kikkoman
Usukuchi Soy Sauce
33.8fl oz. (3 pk)
(WTH, is up with the pricing and limited amount of sellers selling usukuchi?)
Amazon
$19.08
$47.70
Suehiro
Usukuchi Soy Sauce
500ml
Japanese Pantry
$15.25
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

Type: Soy Sauce (koikuchi, general use soy sauce)
Brand: Kikkoman
Description: you should know this one, it’s everywhere.
Recommendation: on everything except on white rice foo (that is sacrilegious).

Kikkoman
Shoyu
128.16fl oz.
Tokyo Central
$19.18
Kikkoman
Shoyu
64oz.
(How could you not buy this because it’s a good deal).
Amazon
$14.99
$8.98
Kikkoman
Shoyu
33.8oz
Amazon
$8.00
Kikkoman
Shoyu
1 gallon (4pk)
Webstaurantstore.com
$29.49
$50.49
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

Type: Shiro soy sauce (white soy sauce)
Brand: Yamashin
Description: So
Recommendation: if you are preparing a dish such as white fish, pork, or a chicken dish, I highly suggest you try a shiro shoyu. 
Amazon Pricing: Sorry, but there is no way I’m going to tell you to buy this product from the Amazon seller who is asking a ridiculous $109 for one bottle which is 1.8L!?!? Maybe it is due to the size of the bottle which makes it expensive to ship? Although if you were to get a competitive price, you can get a bottle for around $15.

Amazon, Takuko White Shoyu, 12oz$14.99
$16.49
MTC Kitchen, Yuasa, White Shiro Shoyu, 6.8fl oz (200ml)$10.20
Nishiki Pacific, Tsuki Shiro White Shoyu, 1.8L$26.90
Nihon Ichiban, Yamashin, Classic White Shoyu (1800ml)$11.84
Amazon, Yamashin, Classic White Shoyu 12.2oz
(I would not recommend spending $25 on this tiny bottle).
$25.15
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

Type: Artisan Soy Sauce (kishibori soy sauce)
Brand: Takesan
Description:
Not your standard one that you’re used to, but this is an artisanal shoyu by Takesan with no preservatives which is fermented in 100-year-old cedar barrels for one year. The soy sauce is produced on the small island of Shodoshima in the Seto Inland Sea, between the main Japanese island of Honshu and neighboring Shikoku.
Recommendation: it is probably best to use as a dipping sauce, so that you’ll be able to taste the subtleties of the shoyu.

MTC Kitchen, Takesan, Kishibori Shoyu, 24.3fl oz/720ml 12.2 fl oz / 360ml$20.20
$14.60
DeBragga New York’s Butcher, Takesan, Kishibori Shoyu, 12oz$16.95
$18.95
Amazon, Takesan, Kishibori Shoyu, 12.2fl oz/360ml$14.99
$12.44
Amazon, Takesan, Kishibori Shoyu, 24 fl oz (2 pk)$32.12
Takaski, Takesan, Kishibori Shoyu, 720ml$59.00
$32.00
JapaneseTaste, Takesan, Kishibori Shoyu, 360ml$13.98
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

Type: fresh soy sauce (shiboritate nama shoyu)
Brand: Kikkoman
Description:
“Freshly pressed raw soy sauce, however, is unpasteurized which is characterized by a gentle, sweet scent and taste, and has a rich clear color.” This particular soy sauce comes in a special airtight container. Once opened, it’ll maintain its freshness up to 90 days.
Recommendation: any food that you typically use soy sauce for it’ll change the flavor characteristics because this soy sauce has a lot gentler, a sweeter scent and taste, and has a richer clear color.

JapaneseTaste, Nama Shoyu Raw Soy Sauce 450ml$11.98
Amazon, Kikkoman, Aromatic Nama Shoyu キッコーマン 北海道 生しょうゆ Hokkaido Fresh Soy Sauce 330Ml Japanese Japan$3.78
$24.99
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

Type: tamari soy sauce (gluten free)
Brand: Ito Shoten / San J
Description:
“Produced from only Japanese-grown soybeans and natural sea salt, slowly aged for three years in cedar casks, the tamari has a thick, caramel-ish, smoky, meaty, deep umami flavor that is well balanced, not very salty. We recommend that you do not cook with this special brew, just use as a dipping sauce and/or brush on meats, fish or whatever you prefer. Please refrigerate after opening.”
Recommendation: Tamari and Butter Braised New Potatoes, for dipping sashimi or sushi, and try brushing a little on roasted pork right before serving.

The Japanese Pantry, Ito Shoten, 200ml glass bottle$18.00
$21.50
The Japanese Pantry, Ito Shoten, 720ml glass bottle$62.50
Amazon, San J, Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Black Bottle, 10 Ounce (Pack of 2)$11.49
Amazon, San J, Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Non GMO Black Label, 64 Ounce$19.48
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

8. KIZAMI WASABI (Frozen Wasabi Root)

If powdered cheese, powdered milk, and powdered wasabi are just not cutting it, your next move is to move on up to “real” (it’s still not as good as fresh wasabi) wasabi that has been frozen to retain its freshness.

Photo Description: fresh wasabi roots are shown most likely at a market for sale. The roots have a number of stubs on it with what looked like where the leaves were (like a rhubarb).
If you can not get freshly grated wasabi, the second most cost-effective way to go is frozen.

Type: Real wasabi (frozen), real wasabi root
Brand: Kinjirushi, Real Wasabi
Description:
the vast majority of wasabi that you will eat in a sushi restaurant will be the powdered kind (just add water), but this is the real stuff although frozen. Once you have had it, the powder is like comparing peppermint to peppermint flavored toothpaste (also as an FYI, the fresh stuff puts the frozen stuff to shame because it’s a root, so even if it is frozen, it still is nothing like the fresh stuff).
Recommendation: yea, you’re thinking sushi or sashimi, but I highly suggest you try it with marbled steaks which can be likened to horseradish on a nice juicy prime rib. Although, I am sure you will be able to come up with some better uses that I can suggest here.

Real Wasabi, Real Wasabi, Rhizomes (Wasabi Root)$85.00
$95.00
MTC New York, Wholesale, Kinjirushi Kizami Wasabi 8.75oz (245g)
(wholesale only)
SKU#30412
MTC Kitchen Home LA, Kinjirushi Chopped Wasabi 8.75 oz (245g)$12.90
MTC Kitchen Home LA, Kinjirushi Chopped Wasabi 3.5oz (100g)$5.20
MTC New York, Wholesale, Kinjirushi Wasabi 8/10/3.5oz
(wholesale only)
SKU#33326
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

9. FURIKAKE (Dry Seasoning Used as a Topping for Rice)

Want to shock a Japanese person? Well, a panty vending machine won’t, but pour some soy sauce on your rice, and you just went a little too far. So, keep things on the polite side, use furikake instead.

Photo Description: furikake condiment atop a fresh bowl of rice. You can see the green seaweed bits, sesame seeds, and a number of other bits.
If you are pronouncing it “furry cake” that is eff’n hilarious.

Type: nori fumi furikake
Brand: 
JFC/Ajishima
Description: it’s a pack of four 1.7 ounce jars although they have single bottles which are upwards of $5 on Amazon, so why not commit because it’s not like you’ll be locked in for life to it, like marriage. The one listed is “nori” which is the basic seaweed version although they have salmon, wasabi, katsuo, and I think a shiso (perilla leaf).
Recommendation:
 “Furry cake”, yea, not the right way to say it, and the right way to say it is “foo-ree-kah-keh.” Even if you can’t pronounce it, it is great on rice, french fries, and I have seen more and more people hype it up on how good it is on popcorn which I just recently tried it on. I have to admit, I liked it more than I thought, and I still love it on a plain ole rice ball (onigiri), yea I’m also basic.

Tokyo Central, JFC/Ajishima (several flavors available), 1.7oz$3.38
Amazon, JFC/Ajishima (several flavors available), 1.7oz
(the 8-pack works out to $4.33 each)
$7.25
$8.38
$4.38
$34.68
(8pk)
Wal-mart, Ajishima Foods, Yasai Fumi Furikake Rice Seasoning, 1.7oz$11.99
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

10. GOMA DARE (Sesame-Based Sauce)

I was almost on the fence on adding this one because it is like the tonkatsu/Bulldog sauce which has a specific use (shabu shabu as a dipping sauce), but this sesame based sauce (think tahini) can be used on veggies.

Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cuisine have similar products.
Photo Description: goma dare sauce is a tanish brown sauce with dark specs in it. The bottle is a nicely done packaging design of a clear bottle with a white label with black kana written on it. Oher accents are a brown cap and a brown gradient circle in the middle of the bottle.
The perfect companion to shabu shabu because we all need companions (Ebara is my favorite goma sauce brand, and I have quite a few).

Type: goma dare (sesame sauce)
Brand:
Ebara Foods/Juni Danya
Description: goma dare are not all created equally, and I am not a fan of the sweeter ones which is why this is the one I always buy (it’s savory). The only downside is that it is $5, and most people don’t go easy on the sauces which is why I make sure to ration guests.
Recommendation: This is of course a great dipping sauce for shabu shabu, but if you boil spinach, you can drizzle a little on top, along with adding it to a number of cooked or raw veggies (think of it as a tahini and miso like sauce).


Type: goma dare (sesame sauce)
Brand:
Asamurasaki
Description: since you have a jug of it, you can bathe in it and out of the Japanese condiments listed here, it is a potentially good one to use for all sorts of green leafy vegetables.
Recommendation: the same as above, but now you have enough for you and your friends to bathe in it.

Tokyo Central, Ebara, Shabu Shabu Gomadare, 11.8oz$5.28
Tokyo Central, Juni Danya, Goma Dare Sesame Sauce, 6.92fl oz.$6.48
Amazon, Ebara, Shabu Gomadare Bottle, 335g$39.00
$12.70
Wal-mart, Ebara, Shabu Shabu Tare Goma Sesame, 11.81oz$10.07
$6.04
Wal-mart, Mizkan, Goma Shabu Sesame Sauce, 8.4oz$6.99
Amazon, Mizkan, Goma, Shabu Sesame Sauce, 8.4oz$12.95
$14.88
Amazon, Asamurasaki, Gomadare, 350g$12.49
$28.99
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

11. KARASHI MUSTARD (Spicy Yellow Mustard)

I never called this karashi, and I just say “Chinese mustard” because it is a mixture of black mustard seeds (brassica juncea) and horseradish just like Chinese mustard, except it is a product of Japan. Also another note, the mustard greens are some of my favorite pickled vegetables called takana.

Photo Description:when it comes to Japanese condiments, S&B is one of the most common brands which is what is depicted here. The packaging for the karashi mustard is orangish in color with the mustard green plant or brassica juncea depicted in the background.
It’s spicy and legit cuz it’s from China (well Thai people know their spice too).

Type: karashi mustard (spicy/hot Japanese mustard)
Brand(s): 
S&B and House Foods
Description: Mix 2 tsp of mustard powder with 3 tsp of water. Let it aside for 4-5 minutes. Then it’s ready to use. Use as a way to spicy up dishes just like the way you would use wasabi although I think karashi is lot hotter.
Recommendation:
 If you ever had Chinese mustard (shumai), you can use it for a ton of Chinese dishes , along with a ton of Japanese dishes such as tonkatsu to oden. It wakes up the fried tonkatsu and offsets the sweetness of the tonkatsu sauce, but with oden, the often onenote taste of soy sauce based dashi is also bumped up with karashi. I find it especially amazing when you dab it on the various ingredients such as the daikon (also, in my opinion, it has more kick than wasabi by far).

Amazon, S&B Foods, Japanese Mustard Paste 300g$6.96
$14.99
Amazon, S&B Foods, Oriental Hot Mustard Powder, 3oz$4.07
$6.99
$17.19
(3pk)
Walmart, S&B Foods, Hot Mustard, 1.52oz$5.49
Walmart, S&B Foods, Hot Mustard, 3oz (pack of 12)$6.99
Walmart, House Foods Neri Karashi, 1.41oz$7.99
*prices are subject to change (quite often).

Hopefully, The Love is Back

I am sure the 11 Japanese spices/sauces I just injected into your life will put some magic back into your kitchen, so you are welcome.

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