Ingredients for 4 Servings
Carrots (にんじん / Ninjin) 1
Dried squid (するめ / Surumeh) 20 g (Purchase this precut into strips.)
(You could also use dried squid ready for use in making Matsumae pickles.)
Soy sauce (醤油 / Shōyu) 2 tbsp
Hon mirin (本みりん / Hon mirin) 1 tbsp
Red pepper (赤唐辛子 / Aka-tōhgarashi) 1 (cut into rings)
Yuzu zest (柚子皮 / Yuzu kawa) Amount equal to 1/4 of a fresh yuzu
How to Make
1. Skin the carrots and julienne them into pieces about 5 cm long.
2. To a plastic bag, add the carrots, cuttlefish, soy sauce, mirin, and red pepper. Massage the bag a bit to mix everything well. Set the bag aside for at least 1 hour.
3. Serve with a garnish of yuzu zest.
Significance of Surumeh as an Osechi Dish
The three syllables of surumeh can be written using the Chinese characters ”寿,” “留,” and “女.” “寿” (su) means longevity and is used in words expressing congratulations or felicity, “留” (ru) means to secure as in ensuring something is present, and “女” means woman. Surumeh is traditionally included among engagement gifts and in celebratory meals because it symbolizes a woman coming into a home and securing long life and happiness. More practically, as concerns osechi, surumeh is a dried food product and was valued because it could be kept for long periods without spoiling.