Western Horseradish vs. Japanese Wasabi

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Together with the Bainiku tube, I found this product named Horseradish (ホースラディッシュ)/Seiyo Wasabi (西洋わさび) from S&B on the same shelf in the seasoning section.

S&B Horseradish

And I picked it up too because I wanted to compare the Western horseradish with the Japanese Wasabi I stored at home (both from S&B priced at 125 yen).

Horseradish vs. Wasabi

S&B Horseradish Western Wasabi

Food makers in Japan, including S&B and House Foods, tend to sell grated Western horseradish under the name of Horseradish or Seiyo Wasabi (西洋わさび: meaning Western Wasabi),

while it is grated Japanese horseradish that we generally call Wasabi, which includes Nama Wasabi (生わさび)/Hon Wasabi (本わさび).

Color/Taste

Western Horseradish vs Japanese Wasabi

As you may know, Wasabi is a green paste with a refreshing sharp taste, whereas horseradish is whitish, and its flavor is like Karashi yellow mustard.

In other words, Wasabi’s pungency stimulates the nose more, while horseradish is mild and not that stimulating.

Ingredients

S&B Horseradish Western Wasabi Ingredients

As both contain no colors, they are naturally green and white. Each consists of

Ingredients
S&B Horseradish S&B Nama Wasabi
Horseradish, Starch, Corn oil, Salt, Sorbitol, Cellulose, Acidifier, Flavoring, Thickener (Xanthan) Japanese horseradish, Western horseradish, Corn oil, Sugar, Starch, Salt, Sorbitol, Cellulose, Acidifier, Flavoring, Thickener (Xanthan)

Usage

Seiyo Wasabi or Grated Western Horseradish Uses

As for usage, we often use Wasabi in Sushi and combine it with soy sauce for Sashimi and Nihon Soba.

On the other hand, the usage of S&B Horseradish is varied, and it matches well with Japanese and Western dishes, such as roast beef, steak, chicken saute, Yakiniku, and Sashimi.

Nutrition Facts

S&B Horseradish Western Wasabi Nutrition Facts Label

Nutritional Values per 10 Grams
  S&B Horseradish S&B Nama Wasabi
Calories 30 kcal 25 kcal
Protein 0.2 g 0.1 g
Fat 1.1 g 0.6 g
Carbohydrates 4.8 g 4.8 g
Salt equivalents 0.6 g 0.7 g

(Reference Pages: S&B おろし生わさび, ホースラディッシュ40G )

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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