Katsuobushi, Thin Shavings
These shavings from Matoba Suisan are made from katsuobushi known as Arabushi, which is skipjack tuna that has been poached and smoked. The fact that each step is done by hand demonstrates Matoba-san’s dedication to artisanal, traditional production methods.
They have a wonderfully smoky, slightly salty, rich umami flavor that adds depth to dishes. This thinly shaved katsuobushi is probably the most common style used for making dashi, but can also be used as a topping for okonomiyaki.
- Ingredients: Dried skipjack tuna
- Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight.
- Keep refrigerated after opening.
- About the producer: Located in the port town of Makurazaki in far southern Kyushu, Matoba Suisan crafts katsuobushi using traditional methods.