If you like Japanese food and flavours…..you’re going to love ‘Wafu’.
Written by Maureen Dahl
Wafu means ‘Japanese Style’, and there’s a company in Montreal, Wafu Inc., who manufacture and market authentic Japanese dressings and mayos. They are the best selling Japanese Dressings in Quebec and are now gaining recognition in the rest of Canada and the U.S.
The product line started with the ‘Original Sesame Dressing’, a vinaigrette, developed by Mari Toyoda. After 25 years as a restaurateur, and more years conducting cooking classes, Mari launched Kai Conveni Glogal, a commercial sushi business, selling product to supermarkets. Mari sold this multi-million dollar company in 2006, but kept the sesame based sauce she had developed to compliment her sushi. Aided by her business partner, Gil Michel-Garcia, and his wife Arabella (vice-president of marketing), a new company was born, Wafu Inc. Gil, who had been a customer of Mari’s, loved her sesame dressing, and recognized the potential to grow the brand and expand the line.
There are now four vinaigrettes, including a carrot-ginger flavour, which is similar to the standard dressing for a garden salad, used in most Japanese restaurants. The line also includes 3 mayos. All of the products have been designed in the consumers best interest, by not adding colour or artificial flavours, there is no cholesterol, and they are peanut free. All of the mayonaizu are gluten free and a source of omega-3 polyunsaturates. The dressings are also available in a gluten free version.
After our Wafu discovery, we decided to try the products ourselves, and loved them all. We prepared a whole meal based on the products, using recipes found on Wafu.ca. The ‘original sesame dressing‘ is wonderful and very versatile, we used it in 3 recipes, including zucchini fritters.
These fritters will fast become a family favourite; we were sold on the first delicious bite. We put the ‘wasabi mayo’ on our burgers, wow, what a wonderful idea that was. If you like wasabi, you’re going to love the Wasabi based dressing and mayo.
Cook This: Wafu’s Zucchini Fritters
450 grams Zucchini
1 tsp Salt
Fresh ground Black Pepper
2 Large Eggs
1 Tbl Wafu Original Sesame Dressing
1\2 cup Flour
1\2 Tsp Baking Powder
4 Tbl Olive Oil
Dill or Parsley for garnish
Serves: 2 (4 pieces)
Prep time: 20 minutes / Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Assemble the ingredients; zucchini, Wafu’s Original Sesame Dressing, eggs, flour, baking powder, olive oil, sea salt and pepper.
Using the large holes on your grater, grate the Zucchini then add salt and let stand for 5 minutes.
Tip: This allows the zucchini to expel a lot of its water content.
Gently drain, and squeeze the zucchini
Add pepper, eggs and Sesame Dressing, mix well.
In a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder, then slowly add flour mixture to zucchini mixture, stirring often to avoid lumps.
In a large pan heat 2 Tablespoons of oil, when it begins to sizzle add zucchini, 2 tablespoons at a time, keep a few centimeters apart as they will spread a bit.
Cook fritters 2 – 3 minutes or until brown, flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Plate and serve with your favourite Wafu dressing.
Get the recipes for Wafu Smoked Salmon Salad and Wafu Original Burger here.
Wafu is sold in stores in Canada and United States check pricing and locations on the Wafu website www.wafu.ca.