(PRODUCT SHARING) Kameya Hon Wasabi from Shizuoka Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

I love wasabi so much that I wish to brush my teeth with it.
I’m just being expressive. But my love for wasabi is undeniable. I would go for anything wasabi. Whenever it is available as an option.
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Kameya Hon Wasabi ($7) from Shizuoka Prefecture showcases the wonderful pungency and aroma that I love about wasabi. These wasabi from Mt. Amagi is known to be one of the best around.
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The top three factors for wasabi production are rich water, healthy seedlings and good management. The water is highly suitable for wasabi production because Mt. Amagi has great precipitation, and rich in nutrients spring water at 12 to 13 degrees celsius all year round.
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Kameya Hon Wasabi comes in a tube packed in a pretty box. The common way to have this, is to dap sashimi with it before eating. I like to mix this with mayonnaise to get my perfect wasabi mayonnaise for fried food. I also like to mix it with butter and topped it on grilled prawns. If you are feeling adventurous, try adding this into a cake batter. It works deliciously! Perhaps I should try making wasabi macaron or wasabi pudding next. 😋
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Kameya Hon Wasabi can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kameya Wasabi Furikake from Shizuoka Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

If the vibrant colors of Furikake resemble confetti, a Wasabi Furikake must be a party in the mouth, with confetti!

Kameya Wasabi Furikake ($8) from Shizuoka Prefecture uses wasabi grow on the edge of Mt. Amagi. The wasabi is one of the best around as Mt. Amagi is one of the five places with the greatest precipitation in Japan. The abundant rainwater permeates the pumice layer, producing springs of water rich in nutrients and oxygen.
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This wasabi furikake is a long-selling product for over 30 years. Just sprinkle it on rice and you will feel the authenticity of Japanese food. The bonito, eggs, sesame seeds, rice crackers, etc gave this furikake many dimensions of taste and crunch. The addition of wasabi into this Japanese seasoning added heat and is my ultimate umami bomb!
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I like to experiment with my food, especially when I’m doing my own cooking. While this wasabi furikake tasted good on rice, try sprinkling them on grilled fish. Try mixing them into beaten egg for some scrambled egg or omelette. My current craze is to sprinkle it over the lightly grilled avocado. So yummy!
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Kameya Wasabi Furikake can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Centerpoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kameya Wasabi Dressing from Shizuoka Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

How to make wasabi lovers eat more vegetables? Give them Kameya Wasabi Dressing!

Kameya Wasabi dressing ($10) is made using the best quality wasabi grow on Mt. Amagi in Shizuoka Prefecture, that is blessed with abundant water from Kakita River formed by the groundwater of Mt. Fuji.

This dressing is light in consistency and uses an aromatic brewed vinegar as its base. Along with the Japanese soy sauce and horse radish wasabi, this is an appetizing concoction with good sour tang, balanced saltiness and subtle spiciness.
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I often use this with my salad greens, and boiled or grilled vegetables. Just a splash of it gives them extra tastiness without unnecessary calories. I also like to use this as a sashimi dip or drizzle it on cold tofu that is topped with lots of spring onions as a healthy appetizer.

Kameya Wasabi Dressing can be found at Ippin Section of Metro Centerpoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Oshi Mugi from Aichi Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

‘Mugi’ your way to upgrade your rice’s nutritional value, deliciously!

Oshi (brand) Mugi ($9) is a type of rolled / pressed barley from Japan’s Aichi that is regarded  as “super food” for its nutrients and high amount of fiber. Its fiber content is greater than the quinoa and brown rice I have, and 15 times more than white rice.

The Japanese like to add a small amount of mugi to their rice (Mugi Meshi) and have them cooked together. The rice mixture will become more nutritious, and have a new dimension in flavor that is particularly sweet and nutty to me. Mugi Meshi tasted really good and I enjoyed its overall chewy texture.

The recommended rice to barley ratio is 7 : 3 but after some experimenting, I like it at 1 : 1 because I love my food to have more bites and textures. You can cook the mugi with the rice at the same timing because the barley is pressed to increase surface area for shorter cooking time.
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We should try to eat more mugi whenever possible. Try ways such as cooking them in a porridge or baking them in breads since its soluble fiber can reduce cholesterol intake and keep us feeling full for longer.

Oshi Mugi can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Centerpoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) miu Tomato Juice (Gold) by Nagoya LIDA Farm at METRO IPPIN

This is a holy grail for someone starting on tomato juice!

I have been drinking tomato juice which I believe for its health benefits, so looking out for more varieties and taste testing become relatable to me.

How often do you see tomato juice being bottled up so beautifully? Only the Japanese would and this miu Tomato Juice Gold ($40) from Nagoya Lida Farm is absolutely stunning with its long flute-like bottle. It bottle contains 300ml of tomato juice that is translucent.

miu Tomato Juice Gold has got gold standard because it is made from cherry tomatoes harvested in Nagoya, which is famous for their high sugar content. The sugar is produced naturally with the help of organic fertilizer, bonito and kelp. This tomato juice has no additional sugar, salt, coloring or preservatives. It is also additive and chemical free.

miu Tomato Juice tasted light and refreshing, almost like a tomato drink instead of juice. This is a little different from Ajikoi Tomato Juice (that I reviewed previously) which is thicker in viscosity and heavier in taste. Best to serve this tomato juice chilled or you can use it as a cocktail ingredient.

miu Tomato Juice (Gold) can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Ajikoi Tomato Juice from Tochigi at METRO IPPIN

I know a very beautiful middle aged woman and she eats tomatoes everyday.

I get to know and try this Ajikoi Tomato Juice that is made in Japan from tomatoes of Japan Tochigi. Tochigi is famous for their production of sweet and juicy tomatoes! Ajikoi Tomato Juice comes in a set and is made with 100% fresh tomato.

Each bottle is 500ml and cost $46 or a 2 bottle gift set at $105. The tomato juice is readily to be drank directly from the bottle or you can mix your own creative beverages.

I recommend to mix the tomato juice with something citrusy, minty, and with a pinch of salt. It will be a refreshing healthy bevey that taste great!

Ajikoi Tomato Juice can also be used to make jelly and other healthy desserts. For me, I like to use this as tomato sauce for cooking in my dishes such as tomato chili chicken and tomato fried quinoa. This is definitely healthier than tomato sauce and the flavor is really good.

There are many health benefits when you consume tomato juice. Are you aware of them? 

1) Anti-Cancer with the presence of carotenoid lycopene. It is an antioxidant that scavenge on free radicals to prevent cell & tissue damage. This in turn will prevent disease such as cancer.
2.  Improve Vision as tomatoes are rich in vitamin A (retinol) which maintains the health of the tissues in the retina.
3. Promote Weight Lost because lycopene can protects the body against metabolic diseases, reduce waist circumference, serum cholesterol & inflammatory adipose level in the body.
4. Detoxify the Liver since alkaline food can improve liver disturbance.
5. Healthier Heart by lowering of LDL and bad cholesterol, hence reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
6. Better Gut Health by increasing population of lactobacillus bacteria for a healthy digestive system.
7. Powerful Beauty Aid as it is antioxidant-rich and can stop cells from getting damaged. It can also aid cell and tissue for repair. Skin can stay healthier  and more glowing.

Are these reasons good enough to include tomato juice in your diet? If so, get the premium ones from Ippin now. Ajikoi Tomato Juice can be purchased at Metro Centrepoint Level 4 and Metro Paragon at Level 2.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Instant Noodles in Seafood Dashi Soup at METRO IPPIN

Are you a Somen, Ramen or Udon kind of person?

I always have this question in mind whenever I’m at IPPIN to buy these instant noodles that come with seafood dashi stock.

With these noodles being ‘slurpplicious’, I have the tendency to buy all of them at once. The real headache is I’m always tied to choose my favorite or what to cook for the day; end up cooking all the 3 and overeating happily.

The one in black is Udon with Seafood Dashi Soup ($12). This thin udon has a chewy texture and the broth comes with it has a tinge of spice compared to the other 2.

Came delicately in white, this is Somen with Seafood Dashi Soup ($12). Somen is the softest of the 3, and goes really well with the instant soup provided. There are flavors of chicken and leek in the soup, giving this bowl of japanese somen a homely touch.

Bright in red but nothing spicy, this Ramen with Seafood Dashi Soup is the favorite of my family. It has good springy texture that most instant ramen lack. I love to add an egg, bean sprouts and plenty of corn to the ramen when I have mood for a more elaborated meal.

Get the 3 of them at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN Section now. Happy noodling! 🍜

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kelp Powder Tea Kombucha at METRO IPPIN

It is a discovery everytime I’m at IPPIN!

Kombucha also known as tea mushroom is a fermented, slightly alcoholic and effervescent black or green tea drink. This is intended as a functional beverage with its claimed health benefits such as anti aging, relieve atherosclerosis, constipation, and diabetes, thou no evidence has shown to support these.

This kombucha tea I’m sharing has added kelp powder, salt and sugar to a perfect cup of tasty beverage. Kelp is a type of seaweed that is believed to be a superfood with good source of iodine and other trace minerals. Adding kelp powder to your diet may provide health benefits such as lowering of blood sugar, LDL cholesterol and cancer risk.

You can find this Kelp Powder Tea Kombucha ($11) at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section for a great daily drink or thoughtful little gift to your love ones.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Miso Soup Urchin by Yamasu at METRO IPPIN

Wish I have tried this earlier!

Probably like the only instant Uni Sea Urchin Miso Soup I can buy off shelf other than the restaurants. This miso soup is a game changer!

This union of uni & miso soup is really outstanding! Comes in 6 sachets in 1 packet ($14), enjoy a bowl of sweet luxurious soup just by adding hot water. How convenient!

I love the richness of the uni that permeates my mouth along with the mellow miso.  This is possibly the easiest sea urchin uni related food that I can have when craving strikes.

Stock up this Sea Urchin Miso Soup by Yamasu available at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section now!

(PRODUCT SHARING) Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles at METRO IPPIN

Red and white, the prominent traditional colors of Japan.

Komachi men” is a kind of noodle made from rice named Akita at Tochigi Prefecture. Komachi dough is kneaded, rolled out and sliced into long strips. ”Komachi men” is recommended to serve in soup flavored with soy sauce and mirin (sweet sake).
Comes in red and white, this noodles is great for celebration of happiness and joy since the colors mean strength (red) and purity (white) in Japan.
This flat noodles is very tasty and has a chewy texture. It can be kept under room temperature for 1 year.

To cook these chewy noodles:

1.Cook in boiling water for 3minutes

2.Rinse with cold water

3.Eat it in a hot broth or with a soy based dipping soup.

I love to cook this in my laksa broth or use them in my steamboat hotpot. Slurping good!

Please take note if you don’t eat this soon within 30min after cooking, it’ll turn soggy.

Get this Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles from Tochigi Prefecture at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section, selling at $8 each.