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Nuka–Traditional Rice Paste Ingredient
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NUKA–Rice bran can be a bit tricky to locate.
 
The Japanese stopped producing the rice bran, called komon nuka,  traditionally used in making rice paste late in the 1990s. A substitute has appeared on the market called shin komon nuka (shin means “new”) which is a bit lower in quality than the original.

Rice bran sold in the West can be used as a substitute. It is important to get the finest, food grade bran available. Bob’s Red Mill produced a decent one for a long time but since the beginning of the pandemic it seems to be in short supply.

I sell a brand called Lucky Star. I regrind it to a finer grade and re-package it in zip lock bags. I have found this to be a decent, affordable substitute for shin komon nuka.
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