I am so excited to be back in Japan for a few days to see my family and friends. Of course, this offers a great excuse to visit my favourite food spots and best restaurants. Feeling not so fresh off the plane, I usually head straight for the hustle and bustle of Tsukiji Market which gets going from 4am in the morning. Fresh Sashimi, and I mean really fresh, is a great way to rejuvenate and help after hours of flying.
Tsukiji market is famous for the Tuna auctions that take place every morning, but the whole area is a real foodie heaven. Pictured here are some of the pickles on sale in the wholesale food market nearby. I think they look so beautiful and the market traders take such care in their presentation. Each offers a distinct taste explosion that helps to wake you up!
There is a wide range of pickles made from local ingredients such as baby aubergines, savoury melon and cucumber. They are pickled in a mixture based on salt water, using a high quality salt and additional ingredients such as the Japanese citrus ‘uzu’.
Do get in touch if you wish to find out more about Japanese pickles, perhaps if there is enough interest I will run an evening workshop on these delicious side dishes.
ps…I will be releasing dates for my Japanese cooking lessons and classes soon, please check back shortly.