Asparagus Season

Fresh Asparagus, Purple Carrots, and Garlic as the base for an kimchi style ferment. Vegan version, although fish sauce is always an option, just like fiery spices. There are no fiery spices in this.

It’s the season when asparagus is available in markets. Wild asparagus gets foraged this time of year in the Northern part of the US well, along with fiddlehead ferns, mushrooms, and other things.

Asparagus has somewhat of a bad reputation. It’s smell a little woodsy and like dirty hay if not properly treated, although some people like that directness. Salting it down s for kimchi, or any of the ways we prepare it removes that while highlighting the vegetable’s unique taste.

Asparagus curing in a sagohachizuke bed with some dried shiitake mushrooms. It’s important to remove water from ingredients not just to concentrate their flavor, but also to increase access to the enzymes in the koji based bed. If you can’t deal with an ongoing fermentation bed that requires maintenance – although this one can live in the fridge and requires only a weekly stir – make some amasake (sweet koji) or use bottled shio koji with the ingredients that you have.

Asparagus Ways

For our month long series of events on Sundays this June for Asian and Asian American Cultures and Ferments we recorded videos on using asparagus, domesticated or foraged, in several ways.

How to make Asparagus Kimchi, Asparagus Chawan Mushi, Stir Fry Asparagus – the videos describe techniques, and ingredients. They includs recipes. Their point is that they encourage no waste, use of local or readily accessible and inexpensive ingredients, and are pretty easy to make.

Our videos try to include vegan, or vegetarian versions, but we are not against using anything that will deliver taste, and nutrition based on available ingredients – even ones that are not organic. If can only access or afford celery, for example, or foraged fiddlehead ferns – they work.

Knowing the techniques of cooking, fermenting, and culturing – and when to apply them – sometimes simply by just salting or soaking ingredients down before rinsing and using them in a recipe, allows you to make tasty things that look great, and are nutritious.

If you have, and know how to use liquid salt koji (shio koji) from a bottle you can take fresh asparagus or anything else really, and improve its taste. You don’t have to make it yourself.

And, frozen or canned ingredients, even ones that contain ascorbic acid or citric acid, for example, are often great workarounds if you can’t get anything fresh or local within your budget range.

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Sun Fermented Soy Sauce


Discover sun-fermented soy sauce-making and application with third-generation black soy bean sauce maker Ozzy Hsieh, brewer at Yu-Ding-Shing and Founder and Chef of Future Dining Table.

Yi-Cheng Hsieh (Ozzy) is the third-generation black soybean sauce brewer of “Yu-Ding-Shing”, Taiwan. He is also the founder and chef of “Future Dining Table”, a series of food events connecting local farmers and consumers with vegetarian/plant-based cuisine, using Yu-Ding-Shing’s artisanal black soybean sauce.

Besides promoting black soybean sauce brewing culture of Xiluo, Taiwan, Future Dining Table aims to introduce the terroir of Yunlin county (Midsouth Taiwan), inviting experts from different fields to lead discussions about agriculture, placemaking, and regional revitalization. The ultimate goal is to make Taiwanese black soybean sauce worldwide.

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Don’t worry if you can’t attend all of these amazing virtual sessions live – all presentations will be recorded and available for a full year after the conference, along with content from Kojicon 2021 and 2022!

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Kojicon 2023: Preserving the Past, Fermenting the Future runs from February 20 to March 5 and is presented by @yellowfarmct, an education center on a working farm in Stonington, CT, and @ourcookquest, Co-Author of Koji Alchemy.


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Vanika Choudhary @choudharyvan @noonmumbai @sequelmumbai

Eric Dawson @yellowfarmct Yellow Farmhouse Education Center 

Alyssa Dipisquale @the.koji.club_ @alyssamikiko

Christopher Feran Christopher Feran @christopherferan

Ken Fornataro Cultures.Group Vimeo

Dr. Maya Hey Maya Hey @heymayahey

Ozzy Hsieh Yu-Ding-Shing

John Hutt @crasstafarian

Euka Isawa @eukaisawa

Andrew Jack @ajjack_Umami Salt

Yong Ha Jeong @YonghabrewsYongha Brews

Nichole Jewell @yellowfarmct Yellow Farmhouse Education Center

Alice Jun  Hana Makgeolli @hanamakgeolli

Sandor Katz  @Sandorkraut

Mara Jane King @zukemono

Caitlin Koether @Wild_Provisions_Fermentation @Lightly_Effervescent

Dr. Lee Yoon-hee  @Yangjohakdang Yangjohakdang

Meredith Leigh @mereleighfood Meredith Leigh @thefermentationschoolThe Fermentation School, @carbonharvest, Carbon Harvest  

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Leslie Merinoff @matchbookdistilling @thebookofbam

Eleni Michael @elenimichl Eleni Michael

Yuichiro Murai @kojiyasanzaemon Kojiya Sanzaemon

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Jennifer Rothman @yellowfarmct Yellow Farmhouse Education Center

Takashi Sato @takashi_tamari Hakko Hub.

Robin Sherriff @thekojikitchen @robinsherriff Koji Kitchen

Rich Shih  @ourcookquest OurCookQuest

Markus Shimizu @mimiferments Mimi Ferments @markusshimizu

Dr. Julia Skinner @RootKitchens @BookishJulia

Soirée-Leone @soireeleone Soirée-Leone

Jeremy Umansky @larderdb @tmgastronaut

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Irene Yoo @Yooeating Yoo Eating YouTube

David Zilber @David_Zilber


Ferments and Cultures

Presentations on January 26 (7AM EST) 

Soirée-Leone – Wild Shoyu Made with Wild corn koji spores
Deepa Reddy – Fermented Bajra (Pearl Millet) Kambu koozh
Kartik Sinha – Winter Pickles and the Salt Satyagraha
Christine Krauss – Yubeshi (Redux)
Wade Fox – Maillard, Miso and Mushrooms 
Erica Carson – Koji based Fruit, Nut and Seed Lebkuchen|Ishan Sengupta – Kasundi, West Bengali Mustard Condiment
Sean Doherty- Salt Risen Bread with Maine Grains
¿Adonde? Lab – Chestnut Miso, Shio Koji Salt Percentages
Corey Bullock – Barley koji made for Red Bean Meju, Wood Fired Eggplant Amino Sauce with oat shoyu koji
Dawn Woodward – Rhubarb Rye Galette, Rye Sourdough Bread, Two Variations, Estonian Style Rye Sourdough with Oats, Beets and Beet Kvass
Ellie Markovitch – Sourdough Tortillas, Sourdough Primer: How to feed your mother, How to make pita bread, English muffins and a basic country loaf, Alua (Corn Kvass), and Brazilian Fermented Rice Cakes
Kenji Muramoto – Oatzuke, Umeshu, Rhubarb Umeboshi paste
Priya Mani – Vethal, Yogurt Fermented and Dehydrated Vegetables
Ken Fornataro – Mustard SourDosa Pickles

Kambu Koozh

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