What is Sushi-noko ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #41

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What is ‘Sushi-noko’ ??

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I wrote this article to clear your question about ‘Sushi-noko’ , as popular seasoning powder in Japan.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Basic knowledge of Sushi-noko in Japan
  • Deep Diving with answering questions
    • History
    • Advantages
    • Price
    • How to use it, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about Sushi-noko in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Sushi-noko in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Sushi-noko’ ?

Quotation Sauce:Tamanoi webpage

Sushinoko is very famous seasoning powder in Japan.

It’s for white rice. With Sushinoko, we can make white rice change to ‘Su-Meshi’ as vinegary rice, which is essential item to make Sushi.

Manufacturer is Tamanoi-Su. And Sushi-noko is one of main products of Tamanoi. Orange colored package is the trademark of Sushinoko, which is very famous in Japan.

What is Sushi-noko
  • Famous seasoning powder in Japan
  • Products of Tamanoi-su
  • Vinegary taste
  • To make Sumeshi, as vinegary rice for SUSHI
  • Orange colored package is the trademark

Deep Diving into Sushi-noko in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Sushi-noko in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

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Producer, Tamanoi started sales of Sushinoko in 1963.

At that time, vinegar was in heavy glass bottle and it difficult to keep vinegar long time. With starting sales of Sushinoko, people can make Sushi in house more easily. Sales of Sushinoko was getting increased year by year. And got popularity in Japan.

  • 1963 Started sales of Sushinoko
  • 1960’s Promotion made, TV commercial, etc
  • 1980’s Sales increased continuously

Reference : nttcom webpage

Compare with liquid vinegar, there’s some advantages in usage of Sushi-noko, in making Sushi in house.

For example, we need to take care to steam white rice little bit harder than usual, as liquid vinegar make rice softened. However, with usage of Sushinoko, we don’t need to care of it. This is the one of the reason why Sushinoko became long seller.

  • Easy to move (Lighter than liquid)
  • Smaller space for storage
  • Longer preservation period
  • Easy to mixed up with steam rice

Author’s research

Sushi-noko is available mainly in supermarkets. It’s difficult to get it at convenience stores in most of cases.

Although factories are located in Osaka and Nara, in Kansai area, Tamanoi have sales network all over Japan. So basically, Sushi-noko is available in most of area in Japan.

The price of Sushi-noko is around JPY 160 (75g), JPY 300 (150g).

Author’s research in Yokohama city

We can make ‘Su-Meshi’ as white rice for Sushi, simply with mixing Sushi-noko with white rice. Here is a standard valance of Sushi-noko and white rice,

Sushi-noko 35g for White rice 990g (in Japanese scale of white rice : 3 Gou)

You can tune your favorite valance, indeed.

Reference : Tamanoi webpage


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