Namasu Daikon (Carrot Pickle Salad) Recipe – Osechi Ryori

First introduced to Japan from China around the 700s, Namasu is a classic dish – daikon and carrot salad with a slightly sharp yet refreshing taste given by the Shiragiku vinegar and mandarin, this recipe achieves the golden ratio.

LevelLevel: Easy

ServesServes: 4 People

Prep TimePrep Time: 10 mins

Cook TimeCook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

350g daikon radish

90g carrot

1 tsp sea salt

1½ tbsp sugar

1½ tbsp Shiragiku

1 tbsp water

¼ tsp sea salt

1 mandarin

Method

1. Peel the daikon and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces in length. Peel the carrot and cut the daikon in half (this will be the length of daikon in the final dish). Then, cut the daikon into thin slabs about ⅛-inch (3mm) thickness. Stack a few slabs at a time and then cut them into julienned strips, about ⅛-inch (3mm) thickness. Put them in a large bowl and then do the same with the carrot. Add 1 tsp salt and give a gentle massage. Set aside for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the seasonings (sugar, Shiragiku, water, ¼ tsp sea salt) in a large bowl and whisk together well until the sugar is completely dissolved.

3. Now squeeze the water from the julienned daikon and carrot and put them in the bowl with the seasonings.

4. Serve the Namasu in a bowl and garnish with yuzu (lemon zest). Create a serving cup by cutting off the top of a mandarin, remove the fruits inside without breaking or tearing the cup, and add the Namasu inside to serve.

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