Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai

Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai (Round Daikon Radish and New Rice) 頂き物: 丸大根と新米

Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai (頂き物: 丸大根と新米)
Giving and receiving gifts is an essential aspect of Japanese culture. Gifts are usually small and often given spontaneously. On the way back from an appointment today I stopped in at Kisen to return a very old and precious book on Kyo-ryori to the owner that I had been lent earlier this autumn.

Itadakimono: a gift humbly received

I was seated and served tea in a room that always has a flower arrangement in which the vase or basket is attached to the wall, rather than simply sitting on a surface. I was just there to return a book. Today was yellow chrysanthemums in a ceramic vase. In an alcove behind me I notice an incredibly colorful woodblock print that was a montage of New York City.

Mr Tanigawa, the owner; part boxer, part Zen master came in in a nylon gym suit with the biggest, roundest daikon radish I had every seen while ordering underlings to bring this dried kelp and that tsukemono press, then handing the daikon off and ordering it to be wrapped up. Then, “hey, bring him a bag of rice too.” It’s shinmai, or ‘new rice’.

The rice is grown especially for his restaurant by a farmer in rural Kyoto.

Itadakimono
Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai (頂き物: 丸大根と新米)

I was given a quick lesson on how to make tsukemono with the daikon and Mr Tanigawa ordered some out from the kitchen for me to try. I plucked out a wedge shaped slice of daikon pickled simply in salt and kombu (dried kelp).

I haven’t made tsukemono for a few years, but I am going to give it a try with this wonderful itadakimono, which if successful will go extremely well with this fine new rice.

7 Responses to “Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai”

  1. kat says:

    is that the daikon that they make “senmai” daikon with? looks big enough, lucky you :)

  2. Peko-P says:

    Hi kat, Yes, that is the same one…I think. Oh wait. I am not sure. Let me check. Senmaizuke could be kabura.

    P

  3. I am sooo jealous of that daikon radish – it’s so smooth and blemish free. Looking forward to seeing your tsukemono recipe!

  4. Peko-P says:

    Hello Christie, That is a nice one! The tsukemono has been made and photographed, I think it will be done in about 3 days.

    P

  5. Looks great. Is maru daikon a little less peppery and bitter than regular daikon? Those leaves look fantastic too. Looking forward to seeing your post.

  6. Peko-P says:

    Hello Marc, Ah, I think that it depends more on the part of the daikon and the environment it was grown in. Raw, this round one did seem more mellow in taste to me, but that may have been because of where I got it from. Kichisen only uses the finest of the fine. I saw some maru daikon in the supermarket the other day and it was noticeably different.

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