World Flavour City

Abokichi Okazu

One of the things that marks a great city or a great neighbourhood is the availability of flavours and products and specialties from around the world. Of course, Toronto is blessed with a large and diverse population that creates a demand for an astonishing variety of foods that not only cater to specific cultural communities and food traditions but that transcend those communities and get adopted and adapted in new ways by a general population known for its curiosity and adventurous palate.

But Toronto goes one step further. People with roots in multiple cultures have found the imported products lacking and stepped into the market with their own takes on those food traditions. We've got countless such products in store at the Mercantile and have featured many of them in these posts - including Mado's Pepper Sauce, El Tounsi Harissa, No. 7 Hot Sauces, Mad Mexican salsas, dips and chips, Jaswant's Kitchen spice blends and many more. We're very pleased to introduce a new such local/global item to our shelves from a producer on Dupont St. called Abokichi. Abokichi means "Fortunate Avocado," a coinage from abokado, the familiar South American fruit which has found a place in cuisines all over the world, and kichi which means fortunate in Japanese, to express the blessing of the diversity of different cultures in the world and in our city.

There are a number of other fresh products available at the Abokichi HQ on Dupont but we're just carrying her small line of Okazu. Okazu is a miso-based spiced oil condiment and Abokichi makes three varieties: a milder but headier curry version, a reasonably spicy chili version and a very spicy chili version. Try them on rice or meat or seafood or vegetables or pizza or burgers or omelettes or even popcorn. You get the idea, this is a versatile world of flavour that will find a regular home in your kitchen and all over your menu.

Find it more or less mid point on the south-wall shelves to your right as you enter the store.

 

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