Kanzuri : What type of Japanese seasoning paste is it?
Have you ever heard of a Japanese seasoning paste “Kanzuri (かんずり)”? though I think even many Japanese don’t yet know Kanzuri.
However, the seasoning paste is gradually becoming popular in Japan because it is sometimes covered by the Japanese media.
Kanzuri originated in a food company located in the city of Myoko (the former Arai), Niigata Prefecture.
The Japanese company whose name is also Kanzuri was founded in 1966 and now the maker’s seasoning paste has become a local specialty of Myoko.
I have visited the head store of Kanzuri in Myoko several times, because it only takes less than 1 hour to go there from my parents’ house. Therefore, the seasoning paste has been familiar to me since I was a kid.
What type of seasoning paste is Kanzuri (かんずり)?
Image : yokoyama-kamaboko.co.jp
Actually, Kanzuri is a fermented food. Its producing process is roughly as follows.
- Red peppers are salted in autumn
- In winter, the salted red peppers are laid on snow for 3 or 4 days in order to remove harsh taste and salts and increase sweetness
- The red peppers are ground, combined with malted rice, salt, and yellow Yuzu citruses
- Then, the mixture is fermented and aged
It takes about 3 years until Kanzuri products are completed. Kanzuri paste has a pungent flavor characterized by its saltiness, spiciness, and savoriness.
How to use Kanzuri paste
Image : Rakuten Recipe
Kanzuri paste can be used in various ways. For example, it is used as a secret ingredient by professional chefs in famous Japanese restaurants and hotels.
In fact, the Japanese seasoning paste works well with almost any food. Here are examples of how to use the spicy pungent paste.
- Put a touch of Kanzuri in a soup or noodle soup and stir well. The spicy pungent paste goes perfectly with soup dishes
- Use the pungent paste, instead of Wasabi, when eating Sashimi
- The spicy pungent paste can be used as a seasoning for sauteed foods
- Put a dash of Kanzuri paste on simmered food like “Oden (おでん)” as a condiment
- Use Kanzuri paste as a secret ingredient in western foods. The Japanese seasoning paste works well with Western dishes as well, such as curry, pizza, pasta and many more
In brief, as I wrote above, Kanzuri paste works well with almost any food. It is a kind of all-purpose seasoning.
|Kanzuri paste, 70g×3|
Kanzuri paste is available at almost any supermarket in Niigata and online shopping sites like Amazon Japan. If you are interested in the Japanese seasoning paste, note that
- The shelf life is one year at a normal temperature while not opened.
- After it is opened, keep it in the refrigerator.
- After opened, the freshness date is one year in the refrigerator.
(Reference page : Wikipedia かんずり )