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Easy Dandelions with Sesame-flavored Takuan Pickles

Easy Dandelions with Sesame-flavored Takuan Pickles

These takuan pickle flowers are cute and easy to eat.
Great in bento for Mother's day and Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day festival) or to serve to guests.

Ingredients

Takuan - Yellow pickled daikon
sliced about 2 cm thick (as desired)
Sesame oil
a small amount
Baby leaves
several pieces
Toasted sesame seeds
to your taste

Steps

1. Cut out a piece of takuan pickle about 3 cm in width. (Doesn't have to be a perfect circle.)
2. Insert cuts in a grid pattern without cutting all the way through. (See Recipe ID: 1659810 for reference)
3. Pat off moisture from Step 2 and shape into a flower. Brush on a thin layer of sesame oil.
4. Garnish with mesclun greens and serve. Sprinkle on some sesame seeds if you'd like.
5. There is also a sushi recipe using a lot of takuan flowers (Recipe ID: 2458770).

Story Behind this Recipe

I thought of an easy-to-eat and fun dish because I received a lot of takuan pickles as a gift.