We are delighted to invite you to a special culinary event—a miso-making workshop and koji tasting reception with Koichiro Kawasaki, master miso-maker from Fukui, Japan.
Koji is one of the major ingredients for sake, miso, and other quintessential Japanese treasures. It is the starter used for the fermentation and brewing process, made by inoculating rice with koji culture.
Although koji has been around for hundreds of years, it was not commonly used as a stand-alone seasoning until recently. For the last decade or so, a marinade made by further fermenting koji with salt and water (shio-koji) became extremely popular in Japan.
In the meantime, a curious thing happened here in the U.S. A handful of chefs and foodies have started experimenting with dried koji as a rub for steaks, claiming it gives the meat a deep flavor resembling that of dry-aged steak. A quick search would turn out many videos and articles relating to this technique.
It is fascinating to witness this culinary evolution of koji in these two cultures, highlighting the significance of the term used to express both the microbial realm and human achievements.
In celebration of this cultural exchange, we reached out to Marukawa Miso, a family-owned and operated miso maker founded in 1914. Their store-manager, Koichiro Kawasaki, is an energetic 35-year-old with passion for well-being of the global citizens and the environment. He is coming to the Hudson Valley to build a bridge between his network of conscientious food producers of Japan—and us.
Come early to attend our miso-making workshop and take home a sample of Marukawa Miso. Then stay for miso and koji tasting reception, also featuring a sampling of ramen noodles by Youko Yamamoto of Gomen-Ramen, opening soon in midtown Kingston.
- Sunday, October 14
- Miso-Making Workshop 3pm–4pm
- Reception 4:30–6pm
- The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St, Kingston, NY 12401
Sorry the workshop is sold out. Tickets for reception are still available.
For more information or questions, contact us.
This event is organized by Youko Yamamoto, former owner of Gomenkudasai and organizer of Bon Odori, the annual Japanese festival for peace in Kingston, and Keiko Sono, director of Catskill Waters and Catskill Food Project.