Monday, October 5, 2009

Fake Wasabi

Fake Wasabi-90% composed of chemicals which may endanger your health.

Reporting from Research Center/Taipei, Taiwan

The wasabi we find these days are found to contain many unknown ingredients. Due to the low supply and high cost of the real wasabi, even wasabi found in 5-star hotels are found to be questionable.

The fake wasabi contains high levels of metals. Though they are within safe levels of consumption, doctors have advised against consuming too much of them.

As we were passing through a fish market, we came upon a very strong scent. We found a lady preparing the wasabi mixture for the raw fish. She told us that she uses "special wasabi powder" which costs only $50/bag and they can make up to several hundred bags of wasabi paste. We even found many restaurants using this special wasabi powder to make the wasabi paste. Why is the scent so strong and what does it really contain? We continued our investigations. The conclusion we came to was the fact that there were special ingredients placed in these "special wasabi powder" even though the label simply indicates "wasabi and permitted flavoring and coloring." Experts indicate that the type of wasabi found in Taiwancannot be freeze-dried and made into powder, so it's very likely that these "special wasabi powder" have been made artificially.

A chinese chemist Wu Jia Cheng says "the label only says what its basic ingredients are but will not say what it artificially contains." Our investigative reporters took the "special wasabi powder" to the lab for testings. Lab results show the powder contains copper, lead and chromium. So how are we going to differentiate the real from the fake wasabi? A little iodine tincture will do the trick.

We found a biochemist who says that "After mixing the wasabi powder to make the paste, simply place a drop of iodine tincture onto the paste and wait 1-2 mins. If you see the brown iodine tincture changing its color into a dark blue color, it indicates the presence of starch within the paste. And within this mixture is the addition of the ingredient "propenyl mustard oil" to make the fake wasabi."

Fake wasabi gives a bright green appearance and a very strong pungent smell that will dissipate within 1/2 hr. Real wasabi is of a much lighter green. A toxicologist warned that long term consumption of this fake wasabi can lead to liver and kidney damages. We should avoid at all cost to protect our health.







記者拿[山葵][粉]去化驗,結果檢驗出重金屬成分有銅鉛以及砷等,到底真假哇沙米要怎麼分辨? 其實很簡單,一滴碘酒就可以知道答案。



Imported "wasabi" purchased as tiny cans of dried powder or tubes of paste is all faked up from horseradish.
Fresh real wasabi is sweet, crisp, and vegetal at the front of the tongue and hot at the back, letting you enjoy the flavors before the heat hits; then it dissipates so you can enjoy another bite.

Restaurant name & Location: In the market and Japanese restaurants

Product: The so called Wasabi

Price: -

Reasons: The fake wasabi is actually made from horseradish, mustard, corn starch and green food coloring. Long term consumption of this fake wasabi can lead to liver and kidney damages.

Recommendation/Substitute: Try ask for the real thing, doubt that any restaurants in Malaysia serve it.

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gill gill said...

good find. the real wasabi is very expensive, dont ever think of the sushi king can give you the real thingy! lol

Not2Eat said...

Real wasabi is easily perish and difficult to grow. I am sceptical whether there is real wasabi served in Japanese Restaurant around the country.

Anonymous said...

Real wasabi is expensive, even Shangri La hotel in KL charge extra for serving real wasabi.

Not2Eat said...

Thanks for sharing. You know where to try out real wasabi... And prepare to pay for it.