Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunomono: Asian Carrot Vinegar Side Salad

~5 min

  • One Carrot per person or one whole cucumber
  • Rice vinegar (or white vinegar with some sugar and salt)
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame seed oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


This is a type of Japanese side dish called Sunomono. It consists of thinly cut vegetables soaked in vinegar and soy sauce. It makes a quick and tasty side dish for dinners. It can be made with any raw vegetable but is usually made with either cucumbers or carrots and daikon radish. I don't regularly buy daikon so this is a version with just carrot. 

First toast the sesame seeds by adding a thin layer of them into a skillet on low heat. 
 It takes about 10-15 min before they develop a darker color. They will start to smell like popcorn when they are done.

Second shave the carrots into thin slices with a peeler.  
Add about a Tablespoon or two of vinegar and a few dashes of soy sauce and sesame oil to taste. Refrigerate until the time of serving and top with toasted sesame seeds.