Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sagohachi Pickling Base

My favorite area at Marukai is where they have the 99-cent mark-down items. That is where they have expired or soon-to-expire stuff. At Dillingham it used to be near the rice. Now it's on the far right wall kinda before the seafood section.

A few weeks ago this caught my eye. The only English writing on the package said "Pickling Base. Ingredients: Rice, Malted Rice, Salt, Water". Even though I had no clue how to use it, I bought it . . . 'cause I was curious . . . and for 99 cents . . .


I looked for the shelves where all the pickling stuff were. I saw that the package normally sold for $5.29. The little plastic container which sometimes holds English instructions was empty.

After researching I decided that all I needed to do was to add some water. 

These mini cucumbers were on sale at Marukai yesterday so I chose them to test on. 

I think I'm supposed to do this and leave them at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. It smells like beer.

Guess how much I paid for this Tupperware marinating container.

One dollah . . . swap meet!  Anyway, stay tuned. Will let you know tomorrow how the cucumbers turn out.


Honolulu Aunty said...

Oh! My mouth is watering in anticipation!

And you SCORED on the Tupperware thing - it is the best for marinating stuff like kalbi or shoyu chicken because you can flip 'em upside down and then flip 'em again so everything gets soaked.

Leslie's pics said...

holy got that from the crazy translation the other day? Or did CQ get it for you? hahahah I'm curious now!

jalna said...

Aunty, I just love that Tupperware container too!

I kinda had to guess at what the translations were saying, Les.

K and S said...

apparently it is a rice kouji for pickling that can be found in tohoku area, hope it turns out good!

jalna said...

Interesting, Kat! I didn't realize it's from a particular region.

Kay said...

You are seriously the MASTER at finding the bargains, Jalna!

jalna said...

LOL, thanks Kay!

Erick said...

You the one dollar wonder.

jalna said...

I am yah, Erick. LOL!!

Nippon Nin said...

The rice koji cooking is popular in Japan. Unfortunately, dried rice koji is not available here, just wet koji in refrigerator section for about $8! I like to marinate pork in it to bring out mellow umami flavor.

jalna said...

Interesting, Akemi!!