In addition to our main product categories, Mitoku offers an extensive range of carefully curated specialty products, with a focus on traditional and organic foods beneficial to those following a macrobiotic or vegan diet. All of these products share the same core qualities that are central to the Mitoku ethos: superlative taste, exceptional quality, and the promotion of well-being.
Kuzu is derived from a wild vegetable root indigenous to Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu, where Mitoku’s family-run producer has been in business for 140 years. Kuzu has long been prized in traditional medicine for its healing properties. Today, it is renowned as a high-quality gelling agent with a silky soft texture. Kuzu production begins by hand digging the roots. The prepared starch is cut into blocks and slowly dried in a critical process that determines the color and gelling qualities of the final product.
Organic Brown Rice Koji
Koji is made by cultivating Aspergillus Oryzae, a beneficial strain of mold, on steamed grains. The fluffy spores of the mold bloom over the grains to make our brown rice koji. This koji is dried, which makes it easier to store and preserve than raw koji.
Koji has many uses aside from miso and shoyu production. Mix with soy sauce to make shoyu koji, or salt and water to make shio koji; both are brilliant as dips and marinades. Koji can also be used to home brew amazake, a deliciously sweet drink packed with live enzymes that is also an excellent sugar substitute.
Organic Brown Rice Mochi
Brown rice mochi is a delicious whole grain food made from glutinous sweet rice. The rice is steamed and pounded, then dried. These slices have a pleasantly chewy texture and the nourishing flavor of whole grain. Fry in a little oil or toast until puffed up and golden brown, then serve with a sweet or savory dip such as shoyu or according to taste.
Mitoku’s organic sake is junmai-shu, a type of sake made with just three ingredients: rice, water, and koji. This is a dry sake with the robust, cereal flavor of organic rice and a subtly acidic character.
Full and rich, this versatile sake works well either chilled or warmed, and will pair with a wide variety of dishes.
Nigari is a liquid by-product of salt extraction from seawater and is used primarily as a tofu coagulant. Nigari is primarily composed of magnesium chloride, and also contains other minerals such as calcium and zinc. Nigari flakes are made by evaporating liquid nigari.
As a tofu coagulant, nigari brings out the natural sweetness of the soybeans, creates a softer surface, and allows the tofu to maintain its firm shape naturally. It has many other uses as well, however, most notably as a seasoning. The flakes can be used instead of salt to highlight the most desirable flavors of ingredients while removing elements that may cause unpleasant odors or bitterness. Nigari flakes can even be added to bathwater.
Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
Mitoku offers naturally grown shiitake mushrooms of the highest quality. These nutritious and flavorsome fungi are log-cultivated in the pine forests of southern Kyushu. Here, the local mushroom farmers construct crisscross frameworks of logs, inserting shiitake spores into small holes drilled within. Taking sustenance from their forest surroundings, the fungi grow slowly over the course of 18 months, eventually emerging from their holes as beautifully formed shiitake mushrooms.
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, shiitake mushrooms have long been renowned for their medicinal properties as well as their culinary charms. Among their many uses, dried shiitake can provide a flavor base for soups or stocks, and make a tasty addition to stir-fries, stews, and sauces.
Mitoku also remains true to our beginnings as a trader in core macrobiotic products. This range includes products such as tekka, a concentrated blend of Hatcho miso and root vegetables; malt syrup, a thick, naturally-sweet syrup made from brown rice and barley; dried vegetables, including daikon radish and shiitake mushrooms; hot & spicy toasted sesame oil; azuki beans and black beans; and sesame.
Mitoku also has a range of delicious snacks, including rice malt candies, rice crackers, and wafers. We also offer a selection of authentic Japanese cookware, including sushi mats, knives, cast-iron pots, and tofu kits.