Pickled red ginger (benishoga)

 

This popular garnish is made from ginger root that has been pickled in salt and then again in a vinegar mixture. Traditionally, a reddish variety of perilla leaves is used to produce its characteristic deep red color. It is served with sushi and such dishes as okonomiyaki(fried-batter "pancakes" mixed with a wide variety of vegetables, seafood or meats) and curry rice.