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Saikyo Miso "Takumi"
Saikyo Miso "Takumi"
Saikyo Miso "Takumi"
Saikyo Miso "Takumi"
Saikyo Miso "Takumi"

By 200-year-old Miso Brewery

Saikyo Miso "Takumi"


Regular price $ 17.00 Sale

Historically Prized and Valuable Miso from Kyoto

Saikyo Miso, an elegantly pale, mild, and highly versatile ingredient from Kyoto, has been used in a variety of both sweet and savory dishes in the Kyoto-style cuisine for centuries. It is mild and sweet, with less sodium than typical miso. Saikyo Miso can be used across a variety of dishes: on its own as a dip for vegetable crudités, in miso soup, or as a fish or meat marinade (commonly known as Saikyo-yaki). It's also one of the ingredients Naoko (a.k.a. Mrs. Donabe) uses frequently in her cooking. One of her favorite dishes, Kyoto-Style Saikyo Miso Hot Pot, is introduced in her DONABE Cookbook.

During the 1,000-year period when Kyoto was Japan’s capital city, Saikyo Miso was a special ingredient in imperial palace ceremonial feasts, as well as Zen Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, which became an integral part of Kyoto cuisine through the present day. Unlike typical miso which uses a higher ratio of soybean to koji rice (malted rice), Saikyo Miso uses more than double the amount of rice to soybean ratio, creating a miso with mild taste, less sodium, and elegant color. The fact that Saikyo Miso uses more rice in its production meant that it was a historically prized and valuable miso.

Premium Class Saikyo Miso, "Takumi"

Made from high quality soybeans and rice grown in Japan, with mineral-rich "Ako-jio" sea salt, this Saikyo Miso "Takumi" is a premium-grade Saikyo Miso. Also, Takumi uses more than twice as much koji rice than soybeans, creating a rich, mild, and sweeter miso than typical miso. 

Over 200-Year-Old Family Owned Miso Brewery 

Saikyo Miso is recognized in Japan as being produced by Honda Miso. Now in its eighth generation, the Honda family has been brewing Saikyo Miso with singularly masterful skill for nearly 200 years, supplying the Imperial Palace and the general public with miso since their inception.

In her cookbook, DONABE, Naoko and her co-author, renowned chef Kyle Connaughton (Single Thread Farm, awarded with Michelin 3 stars in 2018), document their visit to Honda Miso’s production facility near Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. Their Saikyo Miso brewing process at Honda Miso takes place in Kyoto’s Tanba region, known for its water’s natural purity, which is essential for flavorful miso. Their production facility maintains ancestral brewing techniques, while also incorporating modern developments such as temperature control, in the production of the highest quality Saikyo Miso.

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Mrs. Donabe's Recipe Suggestions

Creamy Kabocha and Corn Potage
Cold Somen Noodles with Golden Sesame Dipping Sauce
Kyoto-Style Saikyo Miso Hot Pot (Check out in Naoko's DONABE cookbook)
Black Cod Hot Pot in Saikyo Miso & Soymilk Broth
Cold Udon with Golden Sesame Dipping Sauce
Miso Butter Hot Pot with Salmon and Pork
Roasted Salt-Marinated Pork
Toban Beef with Miso Beef
Scallop Hot Pot in Miso Broth
Steamed Pork and Cabbage Shabu Shabu<
Sesame and Saikyo Miso Hot Pot with Chicken Meatballs
Chicken & Tofu Mille Feuille Nabe
Steamed Salmon and English Pea Soup

  • Net weight: 13 oz | 375 g
  • Ingredients: Rice, Soy Beans, Water, Salt, Millet Jelly, Ethyl Alcohol
  • Producer: Saikyo Miso (Brand by Honda Miso)
  • Origin: Kyoto, Japan

Usage & Care

      • Store in a cool, dark place
      • Refrigerate after opening

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