Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Yummmmm ...

Ume Shiso rolls (or in this case, the last one). Yep, they were so tasty. They are made with ume, a  pickled plum paste, and shiso, or more commonly known in English as perilla (Latin name, Perilla frutescens), which is in the mint family, Lamiaceae.  If you haven't tried them, please do. But be warned. It's a bit sour, a bit salty. But oh-so-yummmmmmy. I like experiencing all flavors to a degree, and this satisfies my desire for a taste of something that's a little bit briny and puckering. And with the dark pink color, they look so pretty on your plate (of course, this photo doesn't really do justice to it). Not all Japanese restaurants offer it.  That's probably because most customers here in the US would find the taste "weird." If your local restaurant doesn't have it on the menu, ask the wait staff if it's possible for it to be made for you. In my opinion, it's worth the effort! : )