With traditional XO sauce as a seed of inspiration, we set out to create an uncompromising vegan equivalent. Our Vegan XO Sauce is a mix of five unique components, each special in their own right and sourced from some of the most skilled producers in the world: house blended rose oil, umami-laden dried tomatoes, pumpkins that smoked and dried for months, Kanzuri chile that we confit and smoke, and beautifully distinct wild peppercorns. It’s the result of years of dedication to the exploration of flavor and technique, the discovery of unique traditions through research and travel, and experimentation in our kitchens – a true expression of craft, innovation, and time.
This paste has been used in the kitchen of noma on top of crisp butter-toasted bread and alongside cooked fish. It’s the perfect condiment: sauté mushrooms or roast potatoes and add a spoonful of Vegan XO Sauce or mix the paste into a vinaigrette for an unexpected layer to a salad.
About Dashi RDX
Dashi RDX is the first, among many to come, in our series of reductions. We choose to introduce Dashi RDX first because dashi is the backbone of Japanese cuisine, it’s the ubiquitous and defining flavor of many of the most mind-blowing bites we’ve ever had.
Dashi RDX, RDX being the chef’s shorthand for reduction at noma, is a super concentration of flavor and technique; it’s an in-house brew of some of the most umami rich ingredients we can imagine together— traditional Japanese Dashi with our very own Smoked Mushroom Garum in place of the soy sauce— and we combine them employing a mix of traditional techniques we learned in Japan, and our own innovations in fermentation and reduction that we know to provide the most impactful flavor. The result is a dark, deeply flavorful, and complex syrup that we find addictive on top of just about anything.