Kitchen Culture

tasty tidbits from the old-fashioned Japanese Kitchen

ōhaku Namasu

(Red & White Celebration Salad)


RED 紅 and WHITE 白 are the colors of felicity; foods with these colors are served on happy occasions. Here carrots (both ordinary orange ones and crimson Kyoto reds) and snowy white daikon are the main ingredients; yuzu citron peel provides an accent, and garnish. This salad could appear on any celebratory menu, but it is always welcomed for OSHOGATSU, the Japanese New Year.

The tart-yet-sweet flavors and crisp texture pairs well with any broiled or skillet-seared foods, especially those prepared with soy sauce.