Do you love to eat pickles, such as pickled cucumbers or etc.? If you have eaten some kind of bento box or Japanese Teishoku (Japanese set meal) in Japan, maybe you will see something that has an attractive and strong coloring. These are Japanese pickles called Tsukemono 漬物! Feeling curious about these pickles? Let us learn more about them!
In Japan, it is usually called “Tsukemono” 漬物. The word “Tsuke” means to be attached to, and the word “Mono” means something or an object in Japanese. So it literally means something to be eaten with rice. Japanese people usually use some vegetables and fruits for the main ingredients to make their pickles. They always serve those pickles as a side dish to many Japanese dishes.
This is a bright yellow color of turnip pickles made in Japan. Please notice that they use bacillus subtilis for coloring them, so do not worry about any synthetic coloring! To make the color brighter, they use persimmon peels, or nasturtium flowers. You can find these pickles inside bento boxes in Japan.
The word “Kyuri” means cucumber in Japanese. This one is my favorite, it is similar to pickled cucumbers. Japanese people usually pickle them with salt brine, pepper, and vinegar.
“Shoga” means ginger in Japanese, and “Beni” means red in Japanese. If you love to eat ginger, I can tell you that you would love this. Do not worry about the coloring because red perilla is used for coloring them. People usually eat these pickles with Tonkotsu Ramen, such as Okinawa Soba, or Beef bowl in Japan.