Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to Make Yukari Marinated Cucumbers - Video Recipe

Easy and refreshing salad idea :)

Yukari (ゆかり) is a very popular Japanese red Shiso leaves (red perilla) rice seasoning.

I know that Yukari sounds like a Japanese girl's name but this Yukari is from Kokinwakashu (古今和歌集: a collection of Waka poems in old times). Yukari is named after one purple plant that means "fate" or "something you feel familiar to" in Kokinwakashu.

Anyways, this rice seasoning is versatile and it goes great with any simple dish like this one, so I hope you like this idea :)

Yukari Marinated Cucumbers

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 5min or less
Number of servings: 2

1 Japanese cucumber
Yukari (red Shiso leaves) rice seasoning

1. Cut off both ends of a cucumber. Partially strip the cucumber skin with a peeler (it makes it look good & lets the seasoning absorb). Place plastic wrap over the cucumber and break it into bite-size chunks using a rolling pin.
2. Tear the cucumber into nice bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with Yukari and toss lightly.


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