Friday, 16 March 2012

Wasabi Popcorn


On the ground floor of the building in which I work in, there is this wondrous grocery store which sells the most interesting food items from all around the world. This is where I can be found when the publishing world gets a bit too hectic. Wondering the aisle, reading labels and purchasing a whole lot of random items has become my guilty pleasure.


So when I stumbled upon this delightful tin of Wasabi Powder, I purchased  it on a whim without giving much thought to what I would actually use it for. I kept going back to the idea of making Wasabi popcorn and lo and behold that is what I made.


Making the wasabi paste itself was an interesting one! Apparently to create a paste with a strong hit, it is essential to turn the bowl, in which the paste has been mixed in, upside down! I'm guessing some sort of law of physics or chemistry applies here!


The paste is then mixed with melted butter and poured over freshly popped corn. This turned out to be a nice change from the usual sweet stuff  and  is pretty addictive. The wasabi flavour itself isn't too strong which is nice for me as I usually am  in agony from consuming too much wasabi in one go!


Also has anyone watched  the trailer for Despicable Me 2? I can't get enough of it and it's been on constant replay today!! It's sooo incredibly cute and  makes me laugh every time! Can't wait for the movie to be released :D

Finally, does anybody have any idea what I can do with the rest of this tin of wasabi powder?!


Wasabi Popcorn

Ingredients

3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 cup popcorn kernals
3 tbsp melted butter
3 tsp wasabi paste 
Salt

Method
  1. In a large pot, heat oil on a medium heat. Add 3-4 kernals to the pot and cover.
  2. When the kernals start to pop, remove pot from heat for 30 seconds, then put it back on the heat. This allows the heat to even out.
  3. Add the remaining kernels and cover. However if possible leave the lid slightly open to allow moisture to escape leaving the popcorn crunchier. Leave to pop.
  4. In the meantime, mix the melted butter with the wasabi paste.
  5. Once the popping slows down, seconds between pops, remove from heat and transfer the popcorn to a big bowl.
  6. Drizzle the wasabi butter all over the popcorn and toss.
  7. Finish the popcorn off with a sprinkling of salt.

25 comments:

  1. should b interesting ...
    crispy n eye tearin.....

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  2. This is such a fun recipe! I want to make this for my next happy hour... and not tell anyone there's wasabi in it :) Love your recipe!!

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    1. That's a brilliant idea - would be so funny to see how the faces change!

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  3. No idea what the wasabi paste is but the recipe sounds great! Also no idea what the movie is... I'm totally out!

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    1. Haha wasabi is basically Japanese horseradish which has a really punchy flavour! And you'll have to watch Despicable Me - it's brilliant! :)

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  4. That looks like it could be addictive. I love the spicy hit of wasabi, and with the crunchy, buttery popcorn I doubt I'd be able to resist eating the entire bowl.

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  5. New favorite popcorn ever! Amazing recipe. Yes! Despicable me is HILARIOUS!

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    1. Thanks :) Can't wait for DM 2 to be released!

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  6. Hi Nish - yummmmm! This sounds mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing - have a great weekend =)

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    1. Thank you and it's my pleasure! :)

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  7. I love popcorn, what a great flavour to add!

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  8. An interesting twist for my favorite movie companion. This is a blockbuster hit ;)

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  9. Blue diamond makes these wasabi soy almonds that are really good. Use the rest of the wasabi and figure out a good nut recipe please!

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    1. Wow thanks for the awesome suggestion! I'll be sure to think of a recipe as you described :D

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  10. Great idea-- I love wasabi and I love popcorn!

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  11. Wow! I've got to try this popcorn recipe!!. I love wasabi chips & why not wasabi popcorn! Sounds fantastic! YUM!

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  12. This is simply a great idea for popcorn. Wasabi, yes please!

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  13. Mmm wasabi flavored anything & I'm there! This is such a great idea over popcorn! Sounds incredible!

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  14. So creative! Just pinned to my new Popcorn Pinterest board :)

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