Saturday’s Maltby Street Market — a South Bank phenomenon — is crowded with artisanal purveyors including Kernel Brewery, one of the most exacting and creative of London’s microbreweries.
Buy it at: The Brewery’s stand. Arrive between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Arch 11 on Dockley Road to sample its chocolaty London Porter or crisp lemony Chinook Pale Ale. They’re the perfect taste of London.
Stonehouse California Extra Virgin Blood Orange Olive Oil
This Stonehouse product (let's call it EVBOOO) combines the nuances of extra virgin oil and sweet-perfumed citrus — it’s made from ripe blood oranges pressed with late-harvest olives.
Buy it at: The Ferry Building Marketplace’s Stonehouse shop (1 Sausalito; 500 ml, $20).
New York City
A Jar of Empire Mayonnaise
Stop into a gourmet market or Empire Mayonnaise’s own Brooklyn storefront in Prospect Heights to grab what has to be the most unusual of Brooklyn’s ever-growing roster of artisanal foods: homemade mayonnaise from former pastry chef Sam Mason. The jars are nicely designed and filled with colorful mayo flavored with epicurean ingredients like smoked paprika, bacon or French curry.
Buy it at: Empire Mayonnaise (564 Vanderbilt Ave.; 718-636-2069; 4 oz. jar, $6).
Applewood Smoked Sea Salt
Since just a pinch of this fragrant black salt powers up the flavor of even the quietest ingredients — cottage cheese, for example — it’s great atop anything from sliced tomatoes to steamed salmon.
Buy it at: Causses (55 rue Notre-Dame de Lorette, 9th arr.; 33-1-53-16-10-10).
Shikumen Yellow Wine
Huangjiu, or yellow wine, has been brewed at the Jinfeng Wine Company, Ltd., since 1939. It’s essential to an important seasonal dish involving crabs boiled in water with a splash of the wine, then served with a cup of the warmed wine.
Buy it at: Supermarkets. The real Shikumen yellow wine is inexpensive (about $6). Beware the fakes: Be sure the label says “Jinfeng Wine Company.”
Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
Lee Etherington of Kurrajong Australian Native Foods was at a party when he dropped a wildflower into a flute of champagne; the guests watched, entranced, as it danced and bubbled. Now you too can liven up your own cocktails with hibiscus and a splash of this syrup, which has a seductive raspberry-blueberry flavor.
Buy it at: Stores like David Jones and Dan Murphy’s, or online at bushtuckershop.com (9 oz. jar, $11).
Dashi ga Yoku Deru Sodagatsuo
For lovers of umami, the rich “fifth taste” of meats and mushrooms, there’s dashi ga yoku deru sodagatsuo: mackerel that’s been smoked, fermented, cured, and bottled. Add soy sauce and refrigerate for two weeks to make an umami-heavy brew to paint on meats, drop into soups, or sprinkle over tofu. It lasts for a year if you add soy sauce as needed.
Buy it at: Marugoto Kochi Antenna Shop (Chuo-ku, Ginza 1-3-13).
Anson Mills Heirloom Grain
Not only are old-timey ingredients such as sorghum syrup resurgent on Southern menus, but chefs are also bringing back heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables and grains from obsolescence. Anson Mills of Columbia, South Carolina, supplies the region with such items as grits milled from colonial pencil cob corn, flavorful Carolina gold rice and creamy Sea Island red peas.
Buy it at: Any self-respecting Southern gourmet shop, such as Atlanta’s Star Provisions (12 oz., $6).
- Food & Cooking