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Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. By itself it is not a full meal, it needs a starch and vegetable side dishes. Normally, I would set these each out in separate bowls, so my diners could take as much or as little as they wanted of each item. However this time I thought I would get a bit fancier. I decided to turn this meal into a Japanese-Hawaiian fusion as a poké chirashi sushi—scatter sushi. Chirashi sushi is sushi rice with various ingredients attractively scattered over and around it.

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

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Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots II (Hakusai no Shiozuke)

Napa cabbage and carrot is one of the classic Japanese tsukemono. Even when I have made a dish before there is always room for a tweak or two. I was planning to make hakusai no shiozuke—preserved napa cabbage, in this case with carrots—so I let these vegetables pickle for four days.  this time, I made it with crushed Japanese chili and my orange infused sugar.

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots II (Hakusai no Shiozuke)

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots II
Hakusai no Shiozuke

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Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnip Greens

While you can make this recipe with any turnip, the Japanese turnip—kabu (カブ)—of choice for pickling is the small, white, round,  Hakurei. The last time I made Japanese pickled turnips, the green tops were wilted and not really appealing. This time they were fresh and green and not to be wasted. I decided to make Nozawana tsukemono—pickled turnip greens.

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnip Greens

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnip Greens

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Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnips

While you can make this recipe with any turnip, the Japanese turnip—kabu (カブ)—of choice for pickling is the small, white, round,  Hakurei. The last time I made Japanese pickled turnips, I used the salt pickling technique. This time, I both briefly salted the turnips and then pickled them with sweet and sour vinegar sauce.

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnips

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnips

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Karl’s Japanese Ginger Cucumber Pickles (Shōga Kyūri Namasu)

Japanese cucumbers are a common thing to pickle for a Japanese tsukemono—literally “pickled things.”  There are many ways that the Japanese pickle cucumbers and I am still trying out different techniques. This time I am using a lot of fresh ginger and marinating the cucumbers for a long time. The difference between a namasu and a sunomono is not in the ingredients, but in how long the vegetables are pickled for—days for the first and minutes/hours for the second.

Karl’s Japanese Ginger Cucumber Pickles (Shōga Kyūri Namasu)

Karl’s Japanese Ginger Cucumber Pickles
Shōga Kyūri Namasu

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Karl’s Japanese Wasabi Cucumber Pickles (Wasabi Kyūri Namasu)

Japanese cucumbers are a common thing to pickle for a Japanese tsukemono—literally “pickled things.”  There are many ways that the Japanese pickle cucumbers and I am still trying out different techniques. This time I am adding wasabi and marinating the cucumbers for a few days—namasu.

Karl’s Japanese Wasabi Cucumber Pickles (Wasabi Kyūri Namasu)

Karl’s Japanese Wasabi Cucumber Pickles
Wasabi Kyūri Namasu

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Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

As I was gathering ingredients for my Sunday Japanese feast, I spotted kabu (カブ)—Japanese turnips. I thought, “Umm, turnip pickles, those would be good.” While I have made these pickles before, I have apparently never posted them. Today, I chose to salt pickle (shiozuke; 塩漬け) my turnips.

Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

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Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

This Sunday I decided to go with a Japanese feast. A Japanese dinner is not complete without a selection of Japanese pickles. With a constant need to experiment, today I choose to add fujisawa aosako—dried green laver seaweed flakes—to my cucumber pickles.

Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickled Cucumbers

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickled Cucumbers

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickled Cucumbers

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Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

I am making a salmon teriyaki with ponzu sauce and I like to have a variety of pickled side dishes with any Japanese style meal.  One of the dishes I made used the ponzu sauce and another I made with just the yuzu skin (the citrus part of the ponzu sauce). I wanted some contrast between my side dishes, so I decided to make a quick spicy kimchi. Real kimchi  should be fermented for days or even weeks, but I wanted some of the flavor with none of the waiting.

Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

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