Umeboshi (Dried Plum)
This definitely has to be the first one.
Every Japanese person has eaten this at least once, this extremely sour pickled fruit.
To make it, a plum and shiso are pickled together, then dried in the sun so that the sweetness deepens and is revealed.
There are different kinds of umeboshi as well, such as konbu ume, which is plums pickled with konbu seaweed.
Nukadzuke (Vegetables Pickled in Rice-bran)
These are also pickles that Japanese people are well-acquainted with, and I’ve even made them before.
Placing vegetables and salt in rice-bran will cause the lactic acid to begin fermenting, so these are extremely simple to make.
Actually, since the interior of the rice-bran is extremely thick, you can continue to use it for generations.
The pickles in these families have characteristic tastes. Without exception, those families’ pickles are extremely delicious.
Naradzuke (Vegetables Pickled in Sake Lees)
Ingredients like cucumbers or ginger are pickled in salt, then pickled multiple times in sake lees until complete.
These are pickles that take quite a bit of work, but they are perfect companions to a drink.
If you eat it once, you’ll never forget that deep, rich taste.
Kazudzuke (Fish or Vegetables Pickled in Sake Lees)
Similarly to naradzuke, these are also pickled in sake lees and mirin lees but the difference is that anything can be pickled for this, from vegetables to fruit to meat.
I love wasabe kazudzuke.
That spiciness comes with impact, and it’s exceptionally compatible with sake.
It’s also great with ochadzuke (rice with tea poured over it).
I love these too, since they go great as side dishes both to liquor and to meals.
As an versatile pickle, the manufacturing process is also Japan-specific.
Its knowledge coming from the northern provinces, so it’s often made with herring roe, cuttlefish, konbu seaweed, and carrots.
Soy sauce and mirin are added for flavor and then the ingredients are fermented, and the deep taste and the viscous texture really can’t be resisted.
Senmaidzuke (Sliced Pickled Radishes)
I also love these a lot. From the vegetable used in traditional Kyoto cooking, it uses thinly sliced shougoinkabura radish.
It’s pickled with konbu seaweed and chili peppers, so it’s delicious just on its own!
Turnips are winter vegetables, so they usually only show up on the market from November to March.
These are the representative pickles of Kyoto cooking, so they’re famous nationwide.
Misodzuke (Meat, Fish, or Vegetables Preserved in Miso)
Saikyou Pickles (Before Cooking)
Just as the name says, it’s food pickled in red miso, and anything can be used, from vegetables to fish to meat.
Originally this was done to preserve food, but now it’s become the representative of Saikyou pickles.
In every area of the country the way of preparation differs, so the impression of it being a specialty product is strong.
I really love pork and kindara Saikyou pickles. I can ask for more countless times.