Hot stuff: the difference between real and powdered wasabi

The little ball of neon-green stuff — it has the consistency of Play-Doh — perched on the edge of your platter of sushi rolls is wasabi, right? In most area sushi restaurants, the condiment called wasabi is almost always an imitation version, made from mixing water with a powdered “wasabi” that’s concocted, typically, from horseradish, mustard, tapioca starch and green food coloring (or dried spinach powder). There might be a small — very small — amount of actual dried wasabi root in the powder, too, although it’s an expensive ingredient.

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