Shinobu Namae

Rating: Unrated
Namasu, delicately sliced vegetables that are pickled with rice vinegar, is served with virtually every meal at the Eiheiji monastery in Japan where the monks partake in a dining ritual that is both ceremonial and meditative. The original recipe can be traced back to China, where it typically contained either meat or fish. This meatless version of the dish reflects the principles of shojin ryori, the vegetarian cuisine adhered to by Buddhist monks in Japan. Yuzu juice brings mildly floral, sweet acidity that lightens the namasu, without being overly tart.