Wasabi has an eye-watering punch of heat, which makes the name of this type of wasabi appropriate: “namida” means drop of water, or tears. The delicate flavor is easily destroyed by heat, so use this pure wasabi powder in cold dishes and sauces. The flavor of wasabi pairs particularly well with fish, avocado, ginger, and soy sauce.
To fully release its flavor, it should be added to a liquid and left for about 15 minutes. Wasabi is best stored in the refrigerator or freezer.