Wasabi is a Japanese root vegetable. Its flavor is spicy with an interestingly sweet and savory after taste. It’s primarily used as a condiment for sushi and sashimi but is delicious for experimenting with.
Wasibi is a root vegetable, prized in Japanese and other Asian cuisines for its spice but also for it’s depth of flavor. Wasibi is more then spicy, before after the heat mellows, it leaves a very distinct and almost sweet flavor behind on your palate.
Wasabi paste is a common condiment for sushi and sashimi, its spicy flavor is a wonderful compliment to the tender and meaty fish and the light flavors of white rice.
Beyond its uses in sushi preparation, Wasabi is also a great addition to salad dressings as it has a lot of flavor and can act as an emulsifier in vinaigrette. Adding Wasabi to soy sauce will create a very popular Japanese dip with a variety of uses.
This paste is great to have in the house for more than just cooking. Unlike the heat in hot peppers cause by Capsaicin, the heat of Wasabi does not play its biggest roll on your tongue, but in your sinuses. Wasabi is one of the best defenses against nasal distress.