Does the taste of wasabi differ depending on the grater?!

There are two tools used to grate wasabi, one is a metal grater and the other is called “Samegawa” (sharkskin), which has a layer of shark skin. When something as fine as shark skin is used for grating, the spicy flavor is enhanced and when a coarser metal is used, the sweetness is enhanced. The taste of the wasabi even changes depending on whether it is turned clockwise or counter-clockwise while grating.

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Revision date: April 23, 2018

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    1. Thank you for your reply. At one sushi restaurant, Oyakata (the sushi master) grates wasabi clockwise, but Okami (the landlady) grates it counterclockwise.

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