Rakkyo vs. Fukujinzuke: Japanese Pickles for Curry Rice

When it comes to the garnish for curry rice in Japan, we especially favor Rakkyo (ラッキョウ) and Fukujinzuke (福神漬).

Japanese Curry Rice with Rakkyo and Fukujinzuke Pickles

In fact, you will almost definitely see these pickles on the table or the menu at Japanese curry restaurants.

Rakkyo vs. Fukujinzuke

In the first place, have you ever heard of Rakkyo and Fukujinzuke before?

For the unfamiliar, this time, I will explain what kinds of Japanese pickles they are. 

Rakkyo (ラッキョウ)

Rakkyo Amazuzuke

First, Rakkyo is originally the Japanese word for Chinese onion, whose botanical name is Allium chinense.

The one for curry rice is usually Rakkyo no Amazu-Zuke (らっきょうの甘酢漬け: Rakkyo pickled in sweet vinegar),

made of Chinese onion, with its roots and top cut off, peeled, and pickled in vinegar sweetened with sugar and mirin.

Rakkyo no Amazuzuke is crisp and not that vinegary, with gentle sweetness. So it’s easy to eat and goes well with spicy curry.

Fukujinzuke (福神漬)


On the other hand, Fukujinzuke is a Japanese pickle that originated in Ueno, Tokyo.

It is an unfermented Tsukemono traditionally made with seven different kinds of vegetables

such as daikon radish, eggplant, sword bean, lotus loot, cucumber, shiso/perilla seed, shiitake mushroom, or white sesame seed.

The ingredients are first pickled in salt, then finely cut into small pieces, and last pickled in a seasoning liquid made with soy sauce and sugar or mirin.

Colored with coloring agents such as red daikon radish or gardenia, commercial Fukujinzuke typically has a red or brown hue. 

(Reference Pages: Wikipedia ラッキョウ, 福神漬 )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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