Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pickles from Harumi Kurihara!

This is another dish from Everyday Harumi. Cucumber and wakame seaweed in a sweet pickled dressing. 

I love pickles - assam boi, preserved plums, preserved prunes, preserved anything, pickled papaya, gherkins, pickled daikon candied ginger. You name it, there's not a sour, dried up vegetable or fruit that I haven't tasted and instantly fell in love with. When I was at school, I would use the 20sen pocket money I got to buy a packet of what I now know to be sun-dried mango slices, but at the time, it was just a sour treat coated in red powder that always stained my fingers and teeth. It wasn't the healthiest of treats; goodness know what was in that red powder. But I would still eat it with a scrunched up face anyday.

Back to pickled cucumbers. I had just come back from a trip to Justlife, a favourite shopping spot for the family's organic supplies. They had succulent organic Japanese cucumbers and I also picked up some organic fresh ginger and organic dried wakame. 

This is a very easy pickle to make and comes with enough crunch and a sweet sour taste to open up your appetite. 

Cucumber and wakame seaweed in a sweet pickled dressing by Harumi Kurihara.

Soak the dried wakame in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes. Cut into smaller pieces and set aside. Trim the ends of the cucumber (you need about 600g or 3 medium-sized Japanese cucumbers), cut it lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl and sprinkle salt over the slices. Leave for 10 minutes. Combine half teaspoon salt, 150ml (5oz) rice wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add cucumber and seaweed and put it in the fridge to chill before serving. Serve with a small dollop of grated ginger on top. Serve with rice or as a standalone side dish.

You can also substitute Japanese cucumbers for regular ones. 


Monkee said...

Wow you're really using your Harumi book. I must try pickling one day.
Hey remember that ginger pickle that has red stuff on it? That was my favourite. Just remembered it when you mentioned the mango.

Elaine said...

Ya, her recipes are really easy and delicious. Very home-style cooking. I don't think I've tried the ginger pickle...

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