Red-and-White Salad (Kohaku Namasu, 紅白なます)

Kohaku Namasu is a New Years’ dish in Japan. A colour combination of red and white is considered celebratory in Japan. My mum used to cook a huge portion of Kohaku Namasu and store in a big jar. It lasts nearly 2 weeks. 


  • 1/4 of Japanese radish (大根)(otherwise a radish)
  • 1/2 of carrot (80 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar (if any, otherwise normal vinegar is ok)


  1. Cut radish and carrot into fine strips.


  2. Rub salt in cut radish and carrot. And leave it for 10 minutes.

    10 min. later. All ingredients are shrunk.


  3. Drain water. Season sugar and vinegar and mix them.
  4. Store in a jar and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.


  5. Serve in a nice small bowl. Now your Kohaku Namasu is ready! いただきます!

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