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How do you Beni Shōga?

ipsedixit Jan 15, 2014 02:16 PM

Yes, it's a common garnish for certain styles of ramen, udon, as well as things like Japanese curry, and of course Yoshinoya Beef Bowls!

But what else do you do with beni shōga?

Someone gifted me a jar of homemade beni shōga (using homemade umezu, no less!), so I don't want this to go to waste and would like to maximize this as much as possible.

Some loopy ideas off the top of my head:
- scrambled eggs or omelets
- bánh mì
- hot dogs
- tuna (or chicken) salad
- tossed with caramelized onions and eaten as-is
- apple pie à la beni shōga

Other thoughts?

Will you help me beni shōga?

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    wattacetti RE: ipsedixit Jan 15, 2014 04:28 PM

    I've generally just eaten this as a side with rice, but it is also used in Osaka-style okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and with ginger pork though in the latter it's just a condiment on the side with the potato salad.

    Would be good with mackerel or octopus too.

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      PAO RE: ipsedixit Jan 15, 2014 04:41 PM

      It's a palate refresher. I can just eat it by itself. But I would think it would be good especially for rich dishes. I could see using it to garnish oily fish. Maybe to garnish potato salad, especially Japanese style?

      1. Ttrockwood RE: ipsedixit Jan 15, 2014 09:21 PM

        I'm sure the jar will keep a very long time....
        I use it for a tea in the winter with lemon and fresh mint leaves.
        Add to salads
        Add to melted dk chocolate and make chocolate bark
        With baked apples

        Most of the time i eat some at the end of a meal to help with digestion and freshen my breath- but i also really love it, so unless its a crazy spicey batch i also snack on it as is.....

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          calumin RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 12:27 AM

          I eat it with almost any dish with rice and meat. Sometimes I eat it with sushi or sashimi because I find gari to be too sweet.

          Basically anytime you'd eat a pickle.

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            joonjoon RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 07:46 AM

            I really like the hot dog idea. Throw some seaweed in there too.

            Hell, just pretend your hot dog is an okonomiyaki/takoyaki and throw all the fixins on. I bet that would be awesome.

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              sedimental RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 08:01 AM

              On a pulled pork sandwich.

              1. JungMann RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 08:27 AM

                Beni shoga currywurst
                Beni shoga fried chicken
                Dan dan noodles
                Beni shoga martinis

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                1. re: JungMann
                  ipsedixit RE: JungMann Jan 16, 2014 10:16 AM

                  Beni shoga martinis

                  Instead of olives?

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    JungMann RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 10:46 AM

                    I figure beni shoga could make for some sort of dirty martini. Muddle. Shake. Strain.

                    1. re: JungMann
                      ipsedixit RE: JungMann Jan 16, 2014 10:48 AM

                      Maybe just the umeza.

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