A Unique Japanese Snack: What is Muraoka’s Chorogi?
When it comes to Japanese pickle snacks, I think “Karikari Ume (カリカリ梅)” is most commonly eaten in Japan.
Karikari Ume are pickled ume plums that are different from Umeboshi plums. The Japanese pickle snack is made with unripe ume plums and, unlike Umeboshi, is characterized by its pleasant crisp texture.
Muraoka no Chorogi (ムラオカのチョロギ)
Speaking of the pickle snack featuring a crisp texture, there is another one similar to Karikari Ume in Japan, which is this “Muraoka no Chorogi (ムラオカのチョロギ)”.
The “Chorogi (チョロギ)” pickle snack is a relatively new product from Muraoka Foods, which was released on September, 2017.
Although I’m Japanese, I didn’t know what Chorogi is, so I googled it.
What is Chorogi?
According to the result, the synonym for Chorogi is Chinese artichoke, which is a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Lamiaceae originating from China.
Source and Image : Wikipedia チョロギ
The tuberous root of Chinese artichoke is edible and can be eaten as is. In Japan, the root vegetable, Chorogi is often pickled in salt, seasoned and colored with ume vinegar or red shiso vinegar.
The red pickled Chorogi is known as one of the “Osechi Ryori (おせち料理)” special dishes prepared for the New Year.
Muraoka’s Chorogi Pickle Snack
As with the Osechi-version Chorogi, this Muraoka’s Chorogi snack has a red color and is seasoned with salt and ume vinegar.
Hence, with these red pickled Chorogi, you can authentically enjoy one of Japan’s Osechi dishes whenever you want.
In addition to being somewhat vinegary, the Japanese pickle snack has a pleasant crisp texture and refreshing acidity.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Muraoka no Chorogi pickle snack is made with Chinese artichoke, high-fructose corn syrup, ume vinegar, salt, fermented seasoning, yeast extract, alcohol, amino acid, acidifier, flavoring, sorbic acid, and coloring (red).
Where to buy Muraoka no Chorogi
Muraoka no Chorogi is available at many supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan.