Used for Yakisoba and Takoyaki, red pickled ginger or Beni Shoga is julienned ginger pickled in plum vinegar, the brine produced during the Umeboshi making.
What is Pickled Ginger (Beni Shoga)
Red Pickled Ginger or Beni Shoga (紅生姜) is julienned young ginger pickled in plum vinegar (梅酢), which is the brine produced during umeboshi (pickled plum) making.
The natural red color is from red shiso leaves (Perilla) that are added to the brine for umeboshi. The store-bought red pickled ginger tends to have a vivid red color, which is artificial coloring (see picture above).
How to Use It
The tangy and crunchy ginger gives refreshing taste and texture when you have salty, sweet, or heavy foods.
How to Make It From Scratch
You can make the Homemade Beni Shoga (Red Pickled Ginger) if you can find young ginger. It’s very simple and easy to make!
Pickled Sushi Ginger
There is also similar pickled ginger in Japanese cuisine, and it’s Gari (がり) or sushi ginger.