g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Hiking & Backpacking
New Age
Weight Loss
Atheist / Agnostic
Southeast USA

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Japanese Food Site

BellaOnline's Japanese Food Editor


Beni Shoga Red Pickled Ginger Recipe

Guest Author - Chidori Phillips

Ginger is an important Asian food, prized for its many culinary, medicinal and health benefits. That fact, along with the love of anything pickled, naturally led to beni shoga or the red pickled ginger slivers served on many Japanese dishes from okonomiyaki to yaki soba. Not to be confused with gari, the pink pickled ginger served alongside sushi, beni shoga has a deep red color that comes from the red perilla (aka shiso) plant.

Although gari is simple to prepare at home, the preparation of beni shoga can be more involved because umezu, or the liquid run-off from pickling ume, is an important ingredient. Not many people pickle their own homemade ume so true umezu is hard to come by. However, you can use the brine from commercially bottled umeboshi. Umeboshi are salted, dried then marinated plums. They are sold in umezu that is red from the aka shiso leaves used to season the picking juice. So, if you want to make your own beni shoga without having to extract your own umezu, just pick up umeboshi bottled in its red brine. You can buy fresh aka shiso at your local Asian market. Look for packets of shiso plant seeds, too. Shiso grows like a weed and youíll be happy to have shiso to make your own furikake (condiment to sprinkle on rice) or to roll around meats and seafood. In fact, itís a good idea to grow it in a garden container to manage its growth.

Just as in the preparation of gari, you must use only the freshest young ginger root to make beni shoga. Wash and peel the fresh ginger, being sure to cut off and discard any hard, dried areas. Then, cut the ginger into small, uniform matchsticks.

Beni Shoga

1 lb. fresh young ginger root
2 teaspoons sea salt
ĺ cup umeboshi (pickled plum) brine/juice from bottle
5-7 fresh aka shiso leaves

Wash and peel ginger. Cut into small, uniform matchsticks by slicing into rounds first, then stacking the rounds. Place into a strainer and sprinkle with sea salt. Let this sit and drain for about 30 minutes. Squeeze out liquid and pat dry with a paper towel.

Stack the shiso leaves on top of each other, roll into a cigar-like cylinder and slice thinly Place the ginger slivers into a clean, glass jar, layering with the sliced shiso leaves. Pour in the ume brine. Cover with a lid and store in the refrigerator. Let the ginger pickle for about a few weeks.

Enjoy beni shoga on top of okonomiyaki, takoyaki, yaki soba, gyudon, curry rice or anything else that might benefit from a bit of salty-tart, gingery goodness.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Twitter Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Facebook Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to MySpace Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Del.icio.us Digg Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Yahoo My Web Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Google Bookmarks Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Stumbleupon Add Beni+Shoga+Red+Pickled+Ginger+Recipe to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Japanese Food Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Chidori Phillips. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Chidori Phillips. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Nabeyaki Udon Recipe

Tori no Kara-age Recipe

Sata Andagi Okinawa Doughnuts Recipe

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor