Momoya Ume-Gonomi: The Best Umeboshi Paste Product
“Umeboshi (梅干し)” is a traditional Japanese food made by pickling Ume plums in salt. Generally, Umeboshi plums are so salty, acid, sour in taste that we Japanese like to eat them with plain white rice.
Umeboshi is not only used in Japanese cuisine, but in Japan, the salted Ume plums can also be the main ingredient for snacks, candies, and seasonings.
Regarding the seasoning made with Umeboshi plums, it is mostly available in paste form, and in fact, some Japanese food companies are producing and selling Umeboshi plum paste products.
Out of such Umeboshi pastes, today I will introduce the best-selling product in Japan “Ume Gonomi (梅ごのみ)” from Momoya.
Momoya Ume-Gonomi (桃屋 梅ごのみ)
“Ume-Gonomi (梅ごのみ)” is a popular Umeboshi plum paste product produced and sold by “Momoya (桃屋)”, a leading Japanese food company well-known for its seaweed products.
Momoya introduced this Umeboshi paste product into Japan’s market in 2006, and now it has become a standard Umeboshi seasoning (condiment) in Japan. Featuring rich umami taste from various ingredients, it is neither that sour nor that salty.
Specifically, according to the label on the side of the jar, the main ingredients in the Momoya Ume-Gonomi paste are Ume plum flesh, apple, sugar, Shiso (perilla), Katsuobushi dried bonito flakes, bonito extract, and Kombu seaweed.
As with Umeboshi plums, the Momoya Ume-Gonomi Umeboshi paste pairs perfectly with hot steamed plain rice.
Since this Umeboshi plum paste has a pleasant refreshing taste and is packed with umami, it goes really well with oily foods, such as fried meat and fish, and can be used as a dipping sauce for fresh vegetables.
Additionally, the paste works quite well with noodle dishes as well, like Udon and Soba. Also, some Japanese home cooks like using this Umeboshi paste as a seasoning for pasta dishes.
Even if you don’t like or can’t eat extremely sour Umeboshi plums, I think you can enjoy this Ume plum paste because of its moderate acidity and umami taste.
Momoya Ume-Gonomi is not just an Umeboshi paste but a versatile seasoning, so with this product, you will be able to expand your cooking repertoire.