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Organic Japanese Umami Paste with Ginger

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  • Ingredients: soya sauce* (47%) (water, soya beans*, wheat*, sea salt), cultured rice* (27%) (rice*, koji [0.001%]), water, ginger* (3%).
    *Organically grown

    Product weight: 150g

    Clearspring’s Organic Japanese Umami Paste with Ginger is a paste which can be added to numerous dishes to enhance their overall Umami flavour. Think of it as a natural flavouring, which will enhance the taste of any dish.

    Traditionally made by adding a Koji culture to rice and leaving it to naturally ferment, the Umami is then mixed with soya sauce and ginger to create this incredibly moreish and versatile condiment.

    What is koji culture?

    Koji is cooked rice and/or soya beans that have been inoculated with a fermentation culture, Aspergillus oryzae. Koji, spores are mixed into steamed rice (wheat and soybeans are also used, depending on the purpose), then allowed to mature for a period of time in a warm environment, about 50 degrees Celsius. The koji turns the starch in the rice into sugar (a process called saccharification) and releases a variety of fatty acids and amino acids including glutamate, the basis of umami. Koji is the secret behind most Japanese cooking and is used to make soya sauce, miso, mirin and sake. It has been designated as the National Fungus of Japan due to its importance in Japanese food culture.

    Read the full article: Koji - The culture behind Japanese food production

    Product Code: CS441
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  • Clearspring’s authentic Japanese Umami paste can be added to unlimited recipes to lift and bring out the ingredients’ full flavours. It can be used all year round in stews, stir fries and marinades, just a squeeze or two can transform and elevate the flavours of a dish, giving it that real Michelin star wow factor. However what makes Clearspring umami paste unique is that it can also be used in its own right as a delicious dip, sauce or topping.

    Some everyday serving suggestions:

    On its Own:

    • Spread over grilled aubergine as a quick & easy canape
    • As a savoury dip for crudities
    • In sushi or as a sushi dip
    • As a condiment especially with rice based meals
    • As a dressing for grilled vegetable kebabs (image on pack)
    • As a dressing over avocado /tofu salad

    As an umami ingredient:

    • To add umami flavour squeeze straight from the pouch into sauces, stews and bolognaise / cottage pie
    • Salad dressing: e.g. mix with olive oil and lemon juice
    • Added to Stir-fries
    • Add to vegan mayo for a vegan burger topping & serve with lettuce & a burger bun
    • As a BBQ sauce / marinade over veg
    • Use as a salt replacement: needs half as much as the flavour is very concentrated

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
Rahima S
my first umami experience

the only problem with this product is the pouch is too small!! A definite addiction for this really delicious paste. I have it on everything and it works with everything...just need more of it!

Kate Jones
Love this one too

These umami pastes are becoming a must have for me in my fridge. Absolutely delicious and versatile.

jason francis
Favourite product!

This stuff is like gold dust! Just delicious. I use it for anything from broths to stir fry to marinating steak.
Just ordered 10 packs for the cupboard!

Lovely flavour

Love this! I’ve been using this for the last 2 years. Very nice touch for seafood, veggies and chicken.

M Kaur

Good with Tofu vegetables