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wasabi

A major condiment in the Japanese diet which has health-related pros and cons.
Pros
Wasabi inhibits platelet aggregation and reduces the risks of heart attacks and strokes. It has both antibacterial, antiinflammatory and carcinoprotective effects, the latter of which effects are linked to wasabi’s high concentration of isothiocyanate.

Cons
Ingestion of a large amount of wasabi may lead to acute myocardial infarction-like symptoms (popularly termed “sushi syncope”), nausea and diarrhoea.
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Sushi is the term given to the various pieces of food served with soy sauce and wasabi, which is similar to Japanese horseradish sauce to cleanse the palate.
Choose from 2 Chilli, Oriental Peking Ribs, Hot English Mustard and Wasabi Japanese Horseradish.
Wasa green king prawns, for instance: spicy Japanese horseradish cooked with fresh king prawn and served with soft egg noodle and beansprouts.
When he tried the red- hot Japanese horseradish, I think Steve was hoping an oxygen mask would fall from above.
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The restaurant's team say the new selection has been welcomed by customers and among the most popular dishes are deep fried prawns with wasabi sauce - Japanese horseradish, Black Angus beef tenderloin in black pepper sauce as well as deep fried crispy duck spring roll .
I think what you're referring to is the hot wasabi paste made from Japanese horseradish (wasabia japonica).
A 2004 South Korean study suggests Japanese horseradish can kill ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

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