Kuradai Miso – a miso specialist offering carefully selected miso from around Japan
Kuradai Miso is a select shop offering a range of specialty miso pastes and products from the warehouses of miso producers nationwide. In-store they sell over 30 different kinds of miso, each sourced from various producers across Japan. Offering white miso, red miso, salty miso, and sweet miso, at Kuradai Miso you’ll find an abundance of different choices, each with their own unique flavors and aromas.
The reason for Kuradai Miso’s array of regional miso pastes stems from their origins as a miso wholesaler. While they were working on developing products as a wholesaler, Kuradai Miso managed to build relations with many regional miso producers and grow a supplier base that spanned the length of Japan.
As a result, you’re now able to find a range of extraordinary miso pastes, each with the kind of quality innate to local producers.
Surrounding the swaths of regional miso, you’ll find a narrow, modern interior with a sleek design characterized by its destinct use of white and wood grain.
In the middle of Kuradai Miso sits a long refrigerator cabinet, which houses individual cases of various miso pastes. This miso dipping cabinet is carefully managed to ensure that each case of miso maintains the best quality possible. In store, you’ll also find Kuradai Miso’s “Miso Specialists,” shop clerks with profoundly in-depth knowledge of miso. The miso specialists here suggest miso pastes just for you and help you find just what you’re looking for.
One of the great things about Kuradai Miso is that not only can you pick from a huge variety of miso, but you can also purchase it in small 300g containers too.
Although ordinarily people purchase a large tub of miso and use it a little at a time, Kuradai Miso wanted customers to be able to try a variety of different miso and enjoy the unique flavors and differences each paste brought. That’s why they chose to sell such small quantities as well.
At Kuradai Miso, you are also able to taste-test the various specialty miso pastes.
So while you’re there, why not try a few and see if you can’t find one that really sticks with you?
Choju – Aged Miso
/ 300g/￥900, 500g/￥1,500
The choju miso is an additive-free miso that has gone through a long, natural fermentation process. The aging process gives this miso a rich and creamy flavor with a well-rounded, and not too overpowering, saltiness. With such rich flavors, this miso can be used to make great tasting miso soup on its own that doesn’t require any added dashi stock.
For those looking for a miso that will produce a simply, quality miso soup, we highly suggest trying the choju aged miso.
Kyoto White Miso
/ 300g/￥600, 500g/￥1,000
The Kyoto White Miso is a white miso paste made from 100% homegrown ingredients. In Japan, flavors and varieties of miso change from region to region, and in Kyoto, white miso has been the miso of choice for generations.
The Kyoto White Miso here at Kuradai Miso is characterized by a round mouthfeel and distinct sweetness. When turned into miso soup, this miso is both smooth and notably sweet. Although making miso soup with it is great, another fantastic use for this miso is as a marinade for grilling white fish.
If you’re looking to pick up Kyoto’s iconic white miso, then we highly recommend Kuradai Miso’s Kyoto White Miso.
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/ 100g/￥250, 200g/￥450
This Yuzu Miso is one of Kuradai Miso’s “garnishing miso” and is excellent as a dip for vegetables or as a topping for rice. As expected with something named yuzu miso, there are yuzu peels inside and the slightly sweet miso is given a citrusy yuzu flavor.
We recommend using this Yuzu Miso as a dipping sauce for vegetables, similar to bagna càuda.
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Miso Rusk (Red Miso) (White Miso)
These Miso Rusks are hard, dry pieces of bread that have been flavored with miso. The rusks come in two flavors, red miso and white miso, each with different flavors. While the white miso rusks have a robust flavor and subtle sweetness, the red miso rusks have the rich and creamy umami flavors and aromas distinctive of red miso, which are made even more prominent by the presence of sugar.
The white miso rusks are perfect as a snack, while the red miso rusks go incredible with a glass of red wine.