Muraoka no Chorogi: A Unique Japanese Pickle Snack
Karikari Ume is one of the most commonly eaten pickle snacks in Japan, about which I wrote an article before. Made with unripe ume plums and featuring a pleasant crisp bite, Karikari Ume are pickled ume plums that are different from Umeboshi plums.
Actually, what I introduce here, the Japanese pickle snack “Muraoka no Chorogi (ムラオカのチョロギ)” is also characterized by its nicely crisp texture like Karikari Ume, but what kind of pickle snack is it?
Muraoka no Chorogi (ムラオカのチョロギ)
The Japanese pickle snack “Chorogi (チョロギ)” was introduced in September 2017 by Muraoka Foods. Although I’m a Japanese man, born and grew up in Japan, I didn’t know what Chorogi is until now, so I googled it.
What is Chorogi?
According to the result, the synonym or English word for Chorogi is Chinese artichoke, which is a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Lamiaceae originating from China.
Image: Wikipedia チョロギ
The tuberous root of Chinese artichoke is edible and can be eaten as it is. In Japan, the root vegetable, Chorogi is often pickled in salt, seasoned and colored with ume vinegar or red shiso (perilla) vinegar.
The red pickled Chorogi is actually known as one of the “Osechi Ryori (おせち料理)” special dishes prepared for the new year in Japan.
Muraoka’s Chorogi Pickle Snack
As with the Osechi-version Chorogi, this Japanese pickle snack, Muraoka’s Chorogi also has a red color and is seasoned with salt and ume vinegar. So it is essentially the same thing as the Osechi-version Chorogi.
This is why, with these red pickled Chorogi, you can enjoy one of Japan’s Osechi dishes whenever you want to. By the way, the snack Muraoka no Chorogi is somewhat vinegary but has a refreshing acidic taste.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Muraoka no Chorogi pickle snack mainly consists of Chinese artichoke, high-fructose corn syrup, ume vinegar, salt, fermented seasoning, yeast extract, alcohol, amino acids, acidifier, flavoring, sorbic acid, and color (red).
Where to Buy
The Japanese pickle snack, Muraoka no Chorogi is available at many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.