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Achara Zuke (Turnips in Vinegar Dressing)

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Category: Side Dishes, Vegetables, Japanese

 Ingredients List

  • 4 oz White turnips
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 Dried red pepper
  • 1 1" square kombu, washed
  • 1/4 c Rice vinegar -=OR=- 1/4 c
  • -- white vinegar
  • 4 ts Sugar
  • Soy sauce


Starting a day ahead, peel the turnips &, one at a time, slice them
in the following fashion: Make thin slices down to within 1/8" of the
base, move the turnip a half turn clockwise & make similar slices
intersecting the first ones. Now cut each turnip into quarters.

In a mixing bowl, stir the salt into 1/4 c cold water. Add the
turnips. Soak in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

The following day, cover the dried red pepper with cold water & soak
at room temperature for about 1 hour, or until soft. Cut off the top
of the pepper, remove & discard the seeds, slice the pepper crosswise
into very thin rings.

Wrap the piece of kombu in a damp towel and let it rest for about an
hour, or until it is soft and pliable. Cut into strips 1" by 1/8"

Drain the turnips & squeeze them firmly until dry. Combine the
vinegar, 1/2 c cold water, sugar & a sprinkle of soy sauce in a 1 1/2
to 2 qt jar & stir thoroughly. Add the turnips, pepper rings and
kombu, & stir again. Cover tightly with a jar cover or plastic wrap,
& refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving. Will keep for 3
or 4 days.

"Foods of the World" Recipes: The Cooking of Japan. Time/Life Books.

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