Common in the kitchens of Japan, these ingredients can be found in Asian markets all over America.
**BONITO FLAKES **Pale pink shavings from dried bonito fillets; used for making dashi, the basic Japanese stock. Sold in bags.
**CHRYSANTHEMUM **An herb; both the leaves and the blossoms are used; tastes like cauliflower. Leaves sold fresh, blossoms fresh or pickled.
**KONBU **Dried kelp used for making dashi. Large greenish-brown leaves are folded into 40-60-gram packages.
KUZUA thickener, made from the root of Japan's native kuzu plant. Pebblelike pieces are sold in small packages.
MIRINA sweetened rice wine for cooking. Sold in bottles.
**MISO **Fermented soy bean paste, pale cream to deep chocolate in color, and chunky to smooth in texture. Sold in tubs, tubes, or bags.
**MITSUBA **Also known as trefoil, this cloverlike herb tastes like a cross between sorrel and celery. Sold fresh.
**MOUNTAIN POTATO **A long beige-skinned tuber prized for its mild flavor and gluey consistency. Sold fresh.
WAKAME Greenish-brown seaweed, with a tough central vein that must be removed. Found in packages, dried or salted.
YUZU A citrus fruit tasting like a cross between a tangerine and a lemon, used for its rind and acidic juice.