Top 10 Best Packs of Wasabi to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 10 Best Packs of Wasabi to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

If you’re a big sushi or soba eater, you know that some foods just don’t taste right without good wasabi. (Unless you dislike wasabi, in which case, we hope this article will brainwash you into liking it.) But wasabi done badly can be biting, astringent, and downright horrifying, so it makes sense you’d want to do your research before waltzing into a Japanese supermarket and buying a pack.

To save you the pain of having your nose burned off, we ordered the 10 most popular packs of wasabi found in Japanese supermarkets and on Japan’s e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten and Yahoo Shopping) and tested them all.

We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:

  1. Spice
  2. Fragrance
  3. Flavor
  4. Compatibility with Other Foods
  5. Aftertaste

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional wasabi.

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Introducing the Experts Who Lent Us Their Knowledge

We invited three specialists, each known for her expertise in seasonings, to help us try out all the wasabi.

Etsuko Makino, Takayo Ishikawa, Megumi Yoshida
〈Etsuko Makino, Takayo Ishikawa, Megumi Yoshida〉

Vegetable Sommeliers, Seasoning Sommeliers

{Left: Etsuko Makino}
She uses her knowledge as a vegetable sommelier pro and seasoning sommelier to develop new recipes and products, introducing the charm and flavor of fruits and vegetables to all generations. She's very active, making appearances on on NHK Radio's "Saitamazu" and Television Saitama's "Machikomi."

{Middle: Takayo Ishikawa}
She's a food expert that's a certified vegetable sommelier and seasoning sommelier pro. You may see her at workshops or nutrition lectures, elucidating the relationship between housewives and seasonings. She's also well-versed in kitchen appliances and oversees the development of various condiment-related items. And to top off her wide-ranging lists of accomplishments, she also helps craft recipes for condiment brands and pens food columns.

{Right: Megumi Yoshida}
She's a food expert that's a certified vegetable sommelier pro and seasoning sommelier. She wears many hats, crafting and publishing family-oriented recipes, writing columns, teaching at a cultural center, running the Aomori Vegetable Marché, and making radio appearances.

How to Choose Wasabi – Buying Guide

Wasabi’s more than “that stuff that shoots up your nose.” Depending on what kind of wasabi you choose, you can get a completely different level of spice and flavor.

Know What Goes into Your Wasabi and How Spicy It is

Surprise, surprise. Not all wasabi is actually wasabi. There’s two types, “real” wasabi※1, which is actually made from wasabia japonica (yes, that’s the root’s name), and “Western” wasabi※2, which is just grated horseradish. They taste differently and burn in completely different ways.

※1 本わさび: real wasabi (hon-wasabi)
※2 西洋わさび: Western wasabi (seiyou-wasabi)

“Real” Wasabi from Japan Has a Light, Refreshing Bite

"Real" Wasabi from Japan Has a Light, Refreshing Bite

Depending on how it was cultivated, Japanese wasabi can either be classified as “water wasabi“※3 or “field wasabi.”※4

Water wasabi’s like fireflies; it can only thrive in the presence of clear water, such as near a running stream or in a valley. Land for its cultivation, even in Japan, is extremely limited. Field wasabi, too, has its own conditions; it can only be grown where the air is humid and the temperature cool. Therefore, you could say that real wasabi is a semi-rare and precious food.

When you grate wasabia japonica, it comes out to a pale yellow-green; when you taste it, the spice is elegant, with a clear, refreshing note winding through it. Real wasabi will never overpower a food, but rather enhance its flavors. Therefore, products made from wasabia japonica are in high demand, which has driven prices up.

Wasabi janonica is also cultivated in China; however, if you mean to be picky about flavor, try to stick to Japanese-grown wasabi.

If you do manage to get your hands on real wasabi, make sure of the following as well. For fish such as sashimi or sushi, use wasabi that’s finely grated; for meats, use wasabi that’s more roughly grated.

※3 水わさび: water wasabi (mizu-wasabi)
※4 畑わさび: field wasabi (hatake-wasabi)

Western Wasabi Can Be Used Not Only as a Condiment, but for Cooking as Well

Western Wasabi Can Be Used Not Only as a Condiment, but for Cooking as Well

Western wasabi’s made of horseradish, largely grown in the States or Europe. And as you may know, horseradish is a popular spice to be had along with roast beef.

In order to meet growing demand for wasabi, most of the condiments you see in the supermarket have horseradish in them, even in Japan. Horseradish is about 1.5 times as spicy as real wasabi, and it’s what gives your nose that burning sensation.

Because it’s so strong, if we had a choice, we’d pair it only with meats–that is, foods that are bolder in flavor.

② Consider Other Flavor Profiles as Well

Consider Other Flavor Profiles as Well

Like we said, wasabi isn’t all spice. It’s got its own flavor and aftertaste, both of which you should pay close attention to.

If you can, taste the wasabi (if not, read reviews) to make sure that you enjoy every bit of the eating experience.

③ Think about What Form the Wasabi’s in

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear “wasabi” is likely that wet green paste (that can unfortunately be mistaken for matcha ice cream), but wasabi can also come as a powder.

Think about how you mean to store and use the wasabi when deciding between the two forms.

Paste that Comes in a Tube or a Jar Makes Enjoying the Umami of Wasabi a Simple Task

Paste that Comes in a Tube or a Jar Makes Enjoying the Umami of Wasabi a Simple Task

If you have wasabi at home, it’s probably in a tube. Tubes are convenient because you can squeeze out as much product as you’d like. You can also find a great variety of tubed wasabi; for example, there’s the grated kind※5, made by grating the wasabi root, and the kneaded kind※6, in which wasabi powder is mixed with water and kneaded into a kind of dough.

You can also get authentic stuff made from real wasabi or products that have had their flavor deepened with the addition of soup stock. Tube wasabi varies greatly in both taste and texture, so you should be able to find something you like. If you like a crisp crunch to your wasabi–something you can chew on–you can also find roughly chopped wasabi in a jar.

Wasabi that’s been made into a paste has a relatively short shelf life. To enhance umami, brands also tend to add in salt and other flavorings, so if you’re looking for clean wasabi, make sure you read the ingredients list.

※5 おろしわさび: grated wasabi (oroshi-wasabi)
※6 練りわさび: kneaded wasabi (neri-wasabi)

Powdered Wasabi Has Fewer Additives and a Longer Shelf Life

Powdered Wasabi Has Fewer Additives and a Longer Shelf Life

All you’ve got to do is mix some powder and water together, and you’ve got yourself kneaded wasabi. By adjusting how much water you put in, you can also make the paste thicker or thinner. Powdered wasabi gives you more freedom to play around and change its make-up to match the dish you’re making.

Powdered wasabi’s pretty much guaranteed to be made from horseradish, so it’s going to be spicy. It won’t ever be able to measure up to the full and mellow spice of real wasabi.

However, it contains less extra flavors and keeps for longer. Try getting powdered wasabi if you’re worried about preservatives or you can never seem to finish tubed wasabi before the expiration date. It’s also a great gift to bring or send back to the States for friends and family.

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

Now to introduce the 10 most popular packs of wasabi that we ordered and the process by which we tested them.

{The Products We Tested}

  1. S&B Oroshi Nama-Wasabi (S&B おろし生わさび)
  2. S&B Taberu Wasabi (S&B 食べるわさび)
  3. S&B Meisho Japanese Hon-Wasabi (S&B 名匠 にっぽんの本わさび)
  4. House Foods Ryoutei Nama-Wasabi (ハウス食品 料亭 生わさび)
  5. House Foods Wasabi Powder (ハウス食品 特製粉わさび)
  6. House Foods Tokusen Hon Kaori Nama-Wasabi (ハウス食品 特選本香り 生わさび)
  7. House Foods Hon Kizami Aragiri ~Rough Cut~ Wasabi (ハウス食品 本きざみ粗切りわさび)
  8. MUSO Umami Honrai Nama-Wasabi Tube (ムソー 旨味本来・生わさびチューブ)
  9. Kameya Oroshi Hon-Wasabi (カメヤ おろし本わさび)
  10. Kameya Wasabi Araoroshi (カメヤ わさび粗おろし)

We then tested each for the following things:

Test ①: Spice
Test ②: Fragrance
Test ③: Flavor
Test ④: Compatibility with Other Foods
Test ⑤: Aftertaste

Finally, we looked at how all the elements worked together and gave each wasabi an overall score.

Test ①: How Strong the Spice was

How Strong the Spice was

We had our three seasoning sommeliers taste all the wasabi. They then shared their impressions on wasabi’s defining characteristic: spice.

We then graded each product on a five step scale from D to A+. An A+ score simply means the wasabi was extremely spicy, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

The Big Takeaway: The Spiciest Wasabi by Far was MUSO’s Umami Honrai Nama-Wasabi Tube

The Big Takeaway: The Spiciest Wasabi by Far was MUSO's Umami Honrai Nama Wasabi Tube

All three of our experts gave this wasabi an A+ for spice. It was made up largely of horseradish, with some Japanese-grown real wasabi mixed in.

It was not only hot but also extremely fragrant, so it may overpower some foods–the natural spice of horseradish came out full force. Get it if you’re specifically looking to crank up the heat, but unless you’re a spice-addict or looking to prank your friends, MUSO’s wasabi may be a bit too much to handle.

Megumi Yoshida
Seasoning Sommelier, Vegetable Sommelier Pro
Megumi Yoshida's comment
The more you eat, the more the heat intensifies. It also has a sourness to it that reminds me of Western mustard, so it might be lacking a bit in authenticity.

Test ②: How It Smelled

How It Smelled

Most people only think about heat when shopping for wasabi, but fragrance is just as important. Before you even put anything to your lips, smell shapes your expectations of the food and how you’ll perceive its taste.

We had the three sommeliers do a smell and taste test. They judged how well-balanced the smells were and then graded each product on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: House Foods’ Tokusen Hon Kaori Nama-Wasabi Best Exemplified the Sharp Fragrance We Associate with Wasabi

House Foods' Tokusen Honkou Nama-Wasabi

This was real wasabi, pure and aunthetic. It had that crisp scent characteristic of wasabi, which we found invigorating.

It smelled neither too strong nor too weak but was in that sweet spot that whets that appetite and makes eating all the more pleasurable.

Etsuko Makino
Seasoning Sommelier, Vegetable Sommelier Pro
Etsuko Makino's comment
House Foods' Tokusen Honkou Nama-Wasabi smells as real wasabi should smell—light and clean and not overwhelming.

Test ③: How Rich the Flavor was

How Rich the Flavor was

When wasabi has well-balanced flavors, it helps other foods express themselves in deeper and richer ways–that is, it makes everything more delicious.

Our experts tried the wasabi and weighed all the flavors, then graded each product on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: S&B’s Meisho Japanese Hon-Wasabi Tasted the Richest

The Big Takeaway: S&B's Meisho Japanese Hon-Wasabi Tasted the Richest

We agreed that S&B’s hon-wasabi balanced flavors very well.

Generally speaking, products that were all or mostly real wasabi were rated highly, as their flavors weren’t as overpowering as those of horseradish. We thought it appealed to Japanese sensibilities. Real wasabi has a brilliant scent that makes itself apparent in every bite, as well as a chilling taste that clears the sinuses.

Megumi Yoshida
Seasoning Sommelier, Vegetable Sommelier Pro
Megumi Yoshida's comment
It's a bit spicy but has a good balance of fragrance and flavors. It just feels very pure.

Test ④: How Compatible with Food It was

How Compatible with Food It was

If Japanese food were a movie, wasabi would win best supporting actor. After all, no one eats wasabi alone–its charm lies in how it complements other ingredients. Should the taste of wasabi grow either too strong or wane too weak, the balance of your entire dish will be thrown off.

We served wasabi with kamaboko (processed fish paste) to our experts and had them judge how well the flavors worked together. They then graded each wasabi on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Kameya’s Oroshi Hon-Wasabi Complemented Most Anything

Kameya's Oroshi Hon-Wasabi Complemented Most Anything

This tubed wasabi had a sharp spiciness to it and a refreshing aftertaste. The rich flavor of real wasabi brought out the umami of the entire dish.

It had quite a bold flavor, so it never paled in comparison to other ingredients.

Takayo Ishikawa
Seasoning Sommelier Pro, Vegetable Sommelier
Takayo Ishikawa's comment
Kameya's Oroshi Hon-Wasabi strikes a good balance between its scent and flavors and light aftertaste. You'll get a lot of use out of it, as it tastes good with pretty much anything.

Test ⑤: How Refreshing the Aftertaste was

How Refreshing the Aftertaste was

Your eating experience doesn’t end once you’ve swallowed; it’s important you find a wasabi with a clean, refreshing aftertaste. You could say that searching for wasabi that is subdued and refined even as it lingers, in its own way, represents the Japanese sensibility of wabi-sabi.

We had our experts grade the aftertaste each wasabi left behind when eaten with other foods, using a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: The Most Refreshing Aftertaste of Them All was Left Behind by Kameya’s Wasabi Araoroshi, Which Used Only Real Wasabi

The Most Refreshing Aftertaste of Them All was Left Behind by Kameya's Wasabi Araoroshi, Which Used Only Real Wasabi

This tubed wasabi was all real. It was roughly grated, so there was also some bite to it. The more we chewed on it, the more we could taste the root’s delicate sweetness.

This was true of most products made of real wasabi, but there was a sweetness and clear aftertaste that lingered even after we finished eating. It was an dining experience we found ourselves craving more of.

Etsuko Makino
Seasoning Sommelier, Vegetable Sommelier Pro
Etsuko Makino's comment
The harder you chew, the more this wasabi will heat up. However, afterwards, you're just left with a light sweetness, so it pairs well with other foods.

The Final Verdict: Top 10 Best Wasabi to Buy Online 2019

Now to introduce the 10 best packs of wasabi available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from D to A+.

10. MUSO Umami Honrai Nama-Wasabi Tube

MUSO Umami Honrai Nama Wasabi Tube

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Price: $3.19

The Extreme Heat of Horseradish in Full Force. You’ll Either Love It or Hate It

This tubed wasabi was largely horseradish. It had a real kick to it and a spiciness that tingled for a long time, which made this product hit or miss.

Fragrance-wise, we were getting a lot of acidity, which blotted out the natural smells of wasabi. It’s worth a try if you’re someone who just wants to keep cranking up the heat.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Western, Real
Spice A+ (1st) Fragrance C (9th)
Flavor D (10th) Compatibility with Food D (10th)
Aftertaste D (10th) Overall Score D (10th)

9. House Foods Wasabi Powder

House Foods Wasabi Powder   House Foods Wasabi Powder

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Price: $6.29

Spice is So Strong, It Threatens to Overpower All Other Ingredients

This powdered wasabi was made from horseradish. It was spicier than just typical wasabi you’d find at the supermarket, and if you aren’t wise about how much you use and what foods you pair it with, all you’ll be tasting in your dish is wasabi.

However, while the spice was strong, the aftertaste was clean. It remembered us of some older sushi joints you can find in Japan–a nostalgic feeling. And it got brownie points for having a long shelf life.

Type Powder Wasabi Used Western
Spice B (2nd) Fragrance B (2nd)
Flavor C (5th) Compatibility with Food D (9th)
Aftertaste D (9th) Overall Score D (9th)

8. House Foods Hon Kizami Aragiri ~Rough Cut~ Wasabi

House Foods Hon Kizami Aragiri ~Rough Cut~ Wasabi

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The Crisp Crunch and Strong Flavor of this Wasabi Can Throw off a Dish off Balance

We mean, we always appreciate some crunch to our jar wasabi, but this was so crunchy that it didn’t go with a lot of foods.

It wasn’t that spicy, but the flavor was overall so bold that it could overpower all the other ingredients in a dish. In short, this may not be the best choice for delicate foods like fish.

Type Paste (Jar) Wasabi Used Real, Western
Spice D (10th) Fragrance B (5th)
Flavor C (7th) Compatibility with Food C (7th)
Aftertaste C (7th) Overall Score C (8th)

7. S&B Taberu Wasabi

S&B Taberu Wasabi

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Price: $6.45

Can Play the Lead Role in Flavor. Added Umami Enhancers, However, are a Bit Too Strong in Character

This had the lush flavor and scent of roughly grated wasabi. However, it left behind an acrid spiciness that reminded us more of mustard than of wasabi, so if you’re looking for authenticity, you’ll find this product lacking.

This also had a crunchy texture to it, which made it–not incompatible–but less compatible with foods you typically associate with wasabi (like sashimi). But it’d be good in dishes were wasabi would be the main component of flavor (such as wasabi chazuke) or as a condiment in more savory Western-styled cuisine (like fusion pasta).

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Western
Spice C (9th) Fragrance B (3rd)
Flavor C (7th) Compatibility with Food C (6th)
Aftertaste C (6th) Overall Score C (7th)

6. S&B Oroshi Nama-Wasabi

S&B Oroshi Nama-Wasabi

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Price: $2.98

Gentle Heat that Warms up Your Whole Mouth upon First Bite. For Those Familiar with Japanese Cuisine, This’ll Be a Familiar Flavor

This had a spice that cleared sinuses but didn’t linger for too long, very similar to that of real wasabi. This did contain some real wasabi mixed in with horseradish; the two kinds of wasabi were well-balanced, and while this didn’t have any outstanding flavors or umami, it did have a standard taste that many found familiar and comforting.

It didn’t smell too strong, and texture was just rough enough to be apparent on the tongue. It was overall a subdued wasabi that won’t interfere with other flavors.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Western, Real
Spice C (7th) Fragrance D (10th)
Flavor C (8th) Compatibility with Food C (8th)
Aftertaste C (8th) Overall Score C (6th)

5. House Foods Tokusen Hon Kaori Nama-Wasabi

House Foods Tokusen Honkou Nama-Wasabi

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Price: $1.15

Invigorating Aftertaste and a Heat that Leaves Your Tongue Tingling

Because this featured real wasabi, it had that authentic wasabi smell that travels up your nose.

It also had heat that you felt after a few seconds, strong enough that it left our tongue tingling. Flavor itself was weak though, so it might fail to make an impression on some dishes, but it was still a good product, of the kind you’d expect to find in most household pantries.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Real
Spice B (4th) Fragrance A+ (1st)
Flavor C (8th) Compatibility with Food B (3rd)
Aftertaste C (5th) Overall Score B (5th)

4. Kameya Oroshi Hon-Wasabi

Kameya Oroshi Hon-Wasabi

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Price: $2.60

Refreshing Flavor that Strikes an Exquisite Balance with Other Foods

This had just the right amount of spice, and both the fragrance and flavor were well-balanced. It had a flavor that slowly unfurled on your tongue, as well as a clean and refreshing aftertaste. It was similar in texture to freshly grated wasabi.

However, the flavoring of this wasabi deviated just slightly from the norm, which some may not like. It also lost some of its fragrance when mixed in with other ingredients.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Real
Spice C (8th) Fragrance B (4th)
Flavor A (2nd) Compatibility with Food B (5th)
Aftertaste B (4th) Overall Score B (4th)

3. S&B Meisho Japanese Hon-Wasabi

S&B Meisho Japanese Hon-Wasabi

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Price: $2.20

The Fragrance of Real Wasabi Makes Itself Apparent over Time, Bringing Your Meal to an Elegant Finish

This contained real wasabi as its main ingredient–no horseradish–which gave it a light flavor, where the characteristics of wasabi weren’t too overpowering. The heady scent of wasabi did work its way through our noses afterwards, but overall, this wasabi was refined in taste and fragrance and a good match for Japanese foods.

Because it was more subtle, it struck a good balance with other ingredients. It’ll go well with anything, so we’d say this is a wasabi that’ll be loved by the masses.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Real
Spice B (5th) Fragrance C (7th)
Flavor A (3rd) Compatibility with Food A (2nd)
Aftertaste A (2nd) Overall Score A (3rd)

2. House Foods Ryoutei Nama-Wasabi

House Foods Ryoutei Nama-Wasabi

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Price: $1.81

A Wasabi that is Neither Too Strong nor Too Weak; Refined Flavor that Brings to Mind Traditional Japanese Restaurants

The heat wasn’t too high or too low; it was crisp and elegant, naturally enhancing the umami of the entire dish. It truly felt like wasabi from ryoutei, or traditional Japanese dining establishments.

The fragrance was subtle and perfect for Japanese dishes. There was no huge kick to it; the aftertaste was simple and just spicy enough, meaning it won’t ruin the flavor of delicate foods. Overall, this wasabi wasn’t too forceful and easy to swallow, earning the number two spot on our list.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Real
Spice A (3rd) Fragrance B (6th)
Flavor B (6th) Compatibility with Food B (4th)
Aftertaste A (3rd) Overall Score A (2nd)

1. Kameya Wasabi Araoroshi

Kameya Wasabi Araoroshi

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Price: $2.36

Has the Texture of Fresh Wasabi and a Botanical Scent. Spice was Just Right, as Well–Wasabi You’d Want to Eat All Day, Every Day

This had the crisp, wet texture of freshly grated wasabi. The more we chewed, the more the spice filled our entire mouths, an experience that was nothing short of addicting.

The pleasant heat and the invigorating scent whet our appetites, and the wasabi itself would go well with any dish. When the meal was over, we were left with a pleasant aftertaste, made up of the natural sweetness and umami of wasabi root.

Even though this came in a tube plucked off a supermarket shelf, it provided an experience close to that of eating real wasabi. We’d like you to try it at least once.

Type Paste (Tube) Wasabi Used Real
Spice B (6th) Fragrance C (8th)
Flavor A+ (1st) Compatibility with Food A+ (1st)
Aftertaste A+ (1st) Overall Score A+ (1st)

Does Wasabi Really Provide Health Benefits?

Does Wasabi Really Come with Health Benefits?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: wasabi provides a healthy dose of minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and iron. Of course, you can only eat so much wasabi in a single sitting, so we wouldn’t say it’s a food that provides a whole lot of nutritional value.

When you grate wasabi, you break its cell walls and catalyze the release of an enzyme called myrosinase. This then mixes with the wasabi and produces an organic compound known as allyl isothiocynate (AITC), which is what makes wasabi spicy. AITC also has strong antimicrobial properties and is even said to fight bacteria that causes food poisoning.

Wasabi is also known to increase appetite, improve blood circulation, and detox, so see if you can give it a bigger place in your diet.

Summary

We invited three experts, purchased the 10 top selling packs of wasabi, and tested them all.

You don’t need to buy a new recipe book to spice up your life. Just by switching out one condiment for another, you can breathe new life into your kitchen and your family dinners. Hopefully, we’ve gotten you all excited about your next trip to the supermarket (or Amazon shopping spree).

Original by Yoshiko Ito; Translation by Jasmine Li

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