While we are celebrating the New Year, Japanese style, I also like to introduce kohaku namasu (red and white, in vinegar), a common salad/side served during the New Year celebration, as part of the osechi ryori. In Japan, red represents keeping evil and misfortune away, while white represents purity… together, the two colors are considered auspicious in Japan.
Kouhaku Namasu 紅白なます
Recipe by: Fae’s Twist & Tango (fae-magazine.com)
• 220 g / 8 oz daikon / Japanese white radish julienned
• 80 g / 3 oz carrots julienned
• 1 tsp salt
• 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
• 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
◊ In a medium bowl, mix daikon and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and toss well. Cover well and place in refrigerator for 2 ~ 3 hours. Remove and thoroughly drain through a strainer. Squeeze them in the strainer too. (This step is to keep liquid from daikon and carrot diluting the dressing.)
◊ Dissolve sugar completely in the rice vinegar. Put the drained daikon/carrot into a serving bowl, pour the dressing over, toss, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
◊ Note: If you can find yuzu (ユズ Japanese/East Asian citrus fruit) add a few julienned pieces of its rind to the salad for aroma, color and flavor.
~ どうぞめしあがれ • Douzo Meshiagare ~
So, what’s cooking in your kitchen?