|Time Until Shipping
|200g about 30 cm (length)
|Keep in a dry and cool environment. Store it in the fridge after the first shavings to avoid mold.
The TENPAKU family has a very long history in making katsuobushi, but only established their own brand in 1946. Now run by the fourth generation, they are one of the very few remaining traditional-style makers of Katsuo products.
The current owner, Yukiaki Tenpaku, focuses on quality rather than quantity, and will not let a katsuobushi block leave the warehouse until is has been through all drying, smoking and fermentation cycles to perfection and the fish's natural fat has turned into a beautiful Umami.
Not surprisingly, Tenpaku katsuobushi is a favorite among skilled Japanese chefs that do not wish to comprise on quality. And now it is also available to you through NIHON ICHIBAN! We even offer the special wooden grater that allows you to experience the delight of fresh, homemade Katsuobushi flakes wherever you are in the world!
Please make sure that when using the block, you start shaving from the smallest part onwards. When the block is completely cold, it's is a bit harder to do and will more easily result in powder. To make it a little bit smoother, you could carefully warm up the block a little bit before slicing.
Tenpaku is one of the few remaining traditional makers of katsuobushi. The Tenpaku family has a very long history in making katsuobushi but it is only in 1946 that the family established its own business, which now is run by the fourth generation. The current owner Yukiaki Tenpaku is focusing on quality rather than quantity and a bonito block will only be sold after it went through multiple cycles of drying, smoking and fermentation until the fish's natural fat become umami.
Raw Bonito fillets are first glutted, sliced and simmered in water for about an hour. Fat, scales and bones are then removed from the soft fillets. The fish slices are then smoked on wood to dry and develop a more complex flavor. They then are sun dried and exposed to fermentation with four repetitions to further reduce moisture. Finished Katsuobushi only has 20% of the volume of the original fish fillet.
Tenpaku katsuobushi is very popular among chefs of high quality restaurants in Kyoto and all over Japan, who do not wish to compromise on quality.