While yuzu is sour like lemon, it has a distinctly deep umami taste which differs from the very light lemon flavor. Fake wasabi is everywhere . At Cosme in NYC, simple food with a Mexican soul. Common variations include squid ink to make it black, yuzu to make it yellow, beet to make it red and wasabi to make it green. Wasabi (Japanese: ワサビ, pronounced ; Eutrema japonicum or Wasabia japonica) or Japanese horseradish is a plant of the family Brassicaceae, which also includes horseradish and mustard in other genera.A paste made from its ground rhizomes is used as a pungent condiment for sushi and other foods. It delivers a strong blast of spiciness that comes from the mustard seed flour. It’s a fact: fake wasabi is everywhere. What’s Enrique Olvera Doing With All That Wasabi And Yuzu Kosho? The best way to describe the taste of yuzu would be a cross between meyer lemon and tangerine with a dash of enriched rice vinegar mixed in. It’s nearly impossible to describe the taste of yuzu to someone who has never tasted it before. Fake wasabi has a very strong taste that overrules the delicate fish taste. Real wasabi is not spicy. Yuzu juice is one of the main ingredients in ponzu sauce, a soy sauce-based dipping sauce often served with fried foods, dumplings, and sushi, while the zest from the fruit can be used to make a spicy condiment called yuzu-kosho. Enrique Olvera, in the kitchen at Cosme last Friday afternoon. You head to your local sushi joint for the second consecutive night and, disregarding our 12 sushi commandments, order an exotic-sounding roll. It's hot but doesn't have a lingering, burning aftertaste. Yuzu has a tart, sour flavor, sort of like a lemon mixed with a mandarin orange, but with a savory note that some liken to rice vinegar, says Sushi Modern. Matt Rodbard October 27, 2014 . Read on for more and some insider tips. Mexican Food. Just like wasabi, the yuzu does not like temperatures to get too hot and are able to survive temperatures as low as minus 8. It’s more like the aroma of spiciness but without the pungent punch of the mustard seed flour in the fake stuff. Real wasabi tastes more herbal than the horseradish stuff. Yuzu forms an upright shrub or small tree, which commonly has many large thorns. Yuzu fruits, which are very aromatic, typically range between 5.5 cm (2.16 in) and 7.5 cm (2.95 in) in diameter, but can be as large as a regular grapefruit (up to 10 cm (3.93 in) or larger). What Does Yuzu Taste Like. The Yuzu apparently tastes like a cross between a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit It's been called the world’s sexiest fruit and it’s a darling of chefs, yet you may never have heard of it.