Vegetarian Shiro Dashi
Nitto Jozo’s Vegetarian Shirodashi starts with a base of their White Tamari, which is made up of only wheat, salt and water. Then Ninagawa-san skillfully incorporates shiitake, dried daikon radish, rice vinegar, sea salt, mirin and Ma Konbu. The dried daikon and rice vinegar give this a wonderful funkiness. This condiment is meant for finishing, meaning when you just want to add a burst of flavor at the end of preparing dishes like soups, dressings, etc.
About the producer
Founded in 1938, Nitto Jozo specializes in artisanal white tamari. 3rd generation President, Yoichi Ninagawa, has gone to great lengths to produce this versatile and unique condiment. Nitto Jozo’s shiro tamari is made from only three ingredients - wheat, salt and water - and each one has to be carefully selected. Ninagawa-san uses locally grown wheat and Japanese salt. At his headquarters in Hekinan City, he cooks the wheat and inoculates it with koji. After that he transports the wheat and salt up to a small village in the mountains of Toyota where Ninagawa-san has found the perfect mountain spring water. In a former schoolhouse, he mixes the wheat, salt and water and ages for three months in Japanese cedar vats.