The Japanese usually serve several kinds of pickled dish along with white rice. Although Japanese restaurants or supermarkets here in the US don’t offer many varieties, there are a ton of selection in Japan. In fact, we have specialty stores that just sell various types of pickles!
Today I am sharing a very simple Japanese pickle recipe that you can also enjoy at home. It’s a refreshing side dish, or we call it Hashi Yasume which literally means “chopsticks break.” This dish usually contrasts in flavor, texture, and temperature to the main dish and we eat Hashi Yasume between rice and main dish, and between rice and other side dishes, alternatively. Hope you enjoy this homemade side dish.
- 1 English cucumber
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- ½ tsp. La-Yu (Japanese chili oil, see Pantry), more for spicier
- ½ tsp. sugar
- White sesame seeds
- Peel the cucumber. Instead of peeling all the skin, alternate so it looks nice. Cut the cucumber in Japanese cutting technique called Rangiri.
- (Optional) Sprinkle very tiny bit of salt over and rub, and leave for a few minutes. Then squeeze the water out (you don’t need to wash it because you only use a tiny bit of salt).
- Combine all the ingredients for Seasonings in a Ziploc bag and mix well.
- Add the cucumbers inside and rub from outside the bag. Keep in the fridge for 1-2 hours but do not marinate too long as it gets too salty.
I was lucky to receive my first few awards last month. When I was nominated for additional awards this time, I wasn’t sure if my readers are up for listening about my “awards” again since I just blogged about my last awards 2 weeks ago.
But here’s the reason I still want to continue this tradition. I will always remember receiving my very first award (from Beth Michelle) and how wonderful and grateful I felt. After Beth’s introduction, many people visited my site and that “exposure” was something I didn’t have.
So here we go. Everyone please welcome, Manu from Manu’s Menu, and Pola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest. What a coincidence, both are originally from Italy but now living abroad (Manu in Australia and Pola in the US)! I hope you would stop by their delicious website and say hello.
Manu gave me Stylish Blogger Award:
and Pola passed me Awards Galore:
Since last time I’ve received awards, I haven’t had much time to look for “new” foodie sites – “new”as in new to me, and as in new to this foodie community. But I have one wonderful blog that I found and truly love. It’s Tiny Tea Room.
Amy is the author and please take a look at her website…. beautiful isn’t it? Most of you already know that I don’t bake. Well, I think I “can” bake, but my free time besides taking care of kids is used for preparing dinner everyday. But I do enjoy looking at all the bakery and desserts, drooling over the computer. Please visit her and say hello!
So one more thing I have to do – write 7 things about me that you may not know. Are you still interested? If so… please go on reading…if not, I’ll see you next Monday!
- I’m 5 feet, exact. I know… I’m too short! You couldn’t tell from my picture? Hm maybe I should have kept it secret and pretended that I’m 5″6′.
- I’m still struggling in English – writing, reading, and speaking. Sometimes I spend hours to prepare a post. Ridiculous, huh. It’s not so easy to blog in a second language – and I get inspired by so many bloggers who are in the same situation with me. Here’s my big top secret. My husband has to always check my writing every post (but he tries to keep it original as much as possible). Thank you baby.
- I am a mini-van driver. I’m not too proud of it, but my husband and the kids LOVE the van. It’s Toyota Sienna – anyone who drives mini-van like me? And remember, I’m just 5 feet driving a bus. Can you see the image? Sigh.
- Target has been my number 1 favorite store since I had 2 kids. They love going there with me and almost never complain. I could spend 1-2 hours just going through each section (but normally no such luxury time).
- You might think I’m silly for saying this, but I can’t dance like Americans. I just don’t have the rhythm in me.
- Since I talked about dancing, let’s talk about my singing. I am total tone-deaf. I can’t sing. I’m too afraid to sing even a birthday song in public.
- Ok, this is last one. What do you want to know about me… Oh I must say, I LOVE talking to you guys on the comment section, or over at your blog. Sorry if I talk too much. I’m with the kids all day long so by the time they go to sleep, I’m so ready for “adult” conversation!