Few ingredients say "Japanese cuisine" as loudly as katsuobushi, the dried, fermented and smoked bonito (or skipjack tuna) that chefs all over Japan shave and add to anything, from tofu to pizza. Still, what makes katsuobushi irreplaceable is its use as seasoning in dashi stock: it's hard to see a Japanese menu without at least one dish having dashi at its base. So if you want to cook real Japanese food you'll definitely need it and if you are really particular about it, you will need it freshly shaved. Hence, the Katsuobushi Skipjack Tuna Shaving Plane Set.
Small to fit even the smallest hands, the plane of the Katsuobushi Skipjack Tuna Shaving Plane Set is a copy of those used by professional cooks all over Japan. And it couldn’t be otherwise since it comes from Kawamotoya in Kyushu’s Makurazaki, a specialist on katsuobushi in an area considered one of the main producers in the country. Easy to use (just sweep the katsuobushi piece on the blade and then pull out the drawer to get the shavings) and simple to clean, it will end up becoming one of your most frequently used kitchen tools. And to get you started, the set contains two pieces of prime karebushi katsuobushi from Makurazaki, a rare delicacy in Japan!
The Katsuobushi Bonito Shaving Plane Set features:
- Made of naturally finished wood
- Size: 12 x 6.5 x 5.5cm (4.7 x 2.5 x 2.2")
- Shavings drawer size: 9.5 x 2 x 2.2cm (3.7 x 0.7 x 0.8")
- Includes two pieces of top grade "karebushi" katsuobushi: back side of male 220-260g (7.7-9.1 oz) and belly of female, 170-210g (5.9-7.4 oz)
- Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)