Thursday, November 09, 2006


These red foods is called Umeboshi, a fruit of ume, Japanese apricot. They are pickled in salt with red perilla and dried in the sun. Those who taste them for the first time may find them surprisingly sour. They are used in various dished as well as being served with rice. They are often included in boxed lunches as a garnish for rice and as a filling for rice balls, called Onigiri.

Some people put it to Shochu, a traditional distilled spirit, adding hot water. The combination is also nice and I love it.


At 5:54 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Umeboshi has sort of disinfect effect. If you put this in cooked rice (lunch box), the rice last longer than with out. Japanese people know this in long time ago.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Andreea said...

yumm. i would love to try them out. such unusual culinary delights :)

At 5:09 AM, Blogger Keropok Man said...

Shochu's with ume is quite popular here in Singapore, well at least with my uncles and aunties ;-)

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Jazzy said...

i see lots of things here i've never seen or tried before, great post =)

At 11:57 AM, Blogger zannnie said...

Umeboshi, is apricot? i love apricot but i've not tried this one;) maybe i did when they were served in the japanese set and i didn't know it's name. You think it's possible?

Today (11/11) i've posted the 3rd Quiz on my DP.

At 5:31 AM, Anonymous pascale said...

i LOVE umeboshi, it reminds me of the onigiri i used to buy from the tiny store at the corner of my street, it is such a refreshing taste, like a piece of acid candy.
Ume wa apricot desu ka ? I thought it was a kind of prune.

At 5:56 PM, Blogger Ben said...

I think ume is actually a prune.
I also like Ume-shu, which is very refreshing drink.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger macky said...

Oh, I was mistaken. Ume seems a prune.
Thank you for correcting my mistake.
It is very interesting that shochu with ume is popular in Singapore. I love Ume-shu, too.

By the way, honeyed ume is mild taste and also delicious!!

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Grant F said...

I would have said plum for 'ume'. When I first arrived in japan, i was living in Wakayama...umeboshi country! People would constantly offer me umeboshi...far too sour for me! It's one of a small list of Japanese foods that I just can't go near...natto and wasabi being two others!


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