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Nama Shio Koji - Rice-malt Seasoning, 7.05oz

4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
About the Product
  • Shio Koji is a new type Japanese seasoning, made from Rice-malt and salt
  • Use it for meat, fish and vegetables.
  • Soak meat or fish overnight in this sauce and then grill it.

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B009C9PSQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,477 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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I completely disagree that this is comparable to using salt in a dish. I don't eat meat, so I used this on tofu and it completely transformed both texture and taste. Turned my otherwise bland tofu into this amazing soft, moist, cheesy and slightly salty deliciousness that is difficult to describe. If you've ever had the flaming cheese (Saganaki) at a Greek restaurant, that's what it reminds me of. I used extra firm tofu, sliced the well drained block into desired thickness, brushed with shio koji, marinated in fridge 2-3 days, pan sautéed. Keep a close eye on it as it burns easily. This will create a nice charred outside layer on whatever you are grilling/ cooking. The enzymes in the koji actually ferment your food so I would recommend marinating at least 8 hours or overnight.

Shipping from Japan was faster than expected, less than 2 weeks. I love this so much that I ordered the 20 oz. tub of Cold Mountain Koji (not available on Amazon).

Check out this Japanese website, which has more info on the product, how it's made as well as recipes:

http://www.kojiya.jp/shiokoji/
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Absolutely delicious - this was a great way to try a modest amount of Shio Koji without any fuss (it's pre-mixed and ready to dribble on or in foods).

Just be aware that it ships from Japan and takes several weeks to arrive. There are much less expensive ways to get larger amounts of Koji, though not on Amazon, - Cold Mountain makes a 20oz (dry) package that you reconstitute and let sit for a few days, for example. But if you're curious about shio koji and just want to try it, this was the best option I found. And it's awesome. Made the best vegetarian sushi rolls of my life with it.
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By Rlhammon on August 4, 2015
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Delicious! Very unique and good flavor. I used this mostly to make kaarage and it just adds so much to the flavor. Took a little while to arrive but i was expecting that. It was shipped and arrived in great condition.
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I do not have a Japanese market where I live and I wanted to make koji fried chicken. The Nama Shio Koji is an excellent marinade for meats and even tofu. The pouches are only 7.05 ounces so I had to use two to make enough chicken for two people.
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New experience for me. Recently purchased grass fed beef very lean and tasty but not tender. After using shio koji transformation was unbelievable and I have tried many marinades and techniques.After just a few hours grilled a couple of New York strips and they were superb in tenderness and enhanced flavor. I will extend marinade time for emulating aged beef.
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I knew the seasoning "shio koji" has been popular in Japap for a few years, but I could not find it where I live. So I am very happy I could get one on Amazon. I maritaned chicken breasts overnight with it and baked it, which came out tender and flavorful!
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This stuff really is amazing. All it actually is is salt mixed with the same live bacteria they use to make sake and miso. It adds a saltiness to food but the amazing this is it adds "umami" or an extra depth of flavor to whatever you use it on. I only used it so far on meats. I made, roasted chicken, pork chop, veal cutlet, ground beef and Cod fish and shrimp. I don't recommend it for veal, maybe I left it on the cutlets too long, it was a little too salty and it lost it's veal taste. All the others, it not only improved the flavor, it changed the texture of the meats and made them super tender. The chicken is juicy and tender, the beef and pork the same. The chicken however is the biggest improvement, I left it on 2 chicken halves overnight and then roasted them, not only did they taste better and more juicy, they brown much better. If you use the boneless breast it tends to burn when frying. I added it to ground beef and that too came out delicious but it does brown up much faster, so you need to adjust your heat accordingly if cooking it in a pan or on grill. It reminds me of MSG in that it gives the umami flavor but it also tenderizes and transforms the meat and seafood. Amazing stuff. Now the cost is a bit much but you can make your own but I'd rather buy it already made as it is a tricky process and you need practice to get it right. I am too lazy. Try it, you will get addicted!
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This Nama Shio Koji is like liquid gold, when it comes to stir-frying, grilling and searing meats. I even used it on a notoriously tough Bottom Round Steak that's not meant for searing, and it cooked it to perfection; browning it beautifully on the outside, yet leaving it juicy and tender on the inside. It transformed that Bottom Round into a delicious Top Round.

A great product from a great seller. I received my package from Mild JAPAN one week before the estimated delivery and it was packaged with great care. It even came with a personal thank you note, and an adorable, little sweet treat inside. It was such a nice gesture. :)

Thank you Mild JAPAN for offering such a great product with such great service.
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