Souvenir from SUNCHI Nara: Chopped pickles seasoned in sake lees from Mori Naraduke
Hi, I’m Kanako.
Here in “Souvenir from SUNCHI”, we’d like to present something nice what we met in all around Japan for you.
In this fourth time, it’s from Nara, the birthplace of sake. They say that gourd seasoned in sake lees was sold in Nara for the first time in the end of Edo period. It is called “Naraduke”. It is the staple for the souvenir from Nara, as you know.
Mori Naraduke is an old establishment since 1869 located in front of Nandaimon at Todaiji Temple among many shops carrying Naraduke. The entrance of the shop is constantly crowded with passerby to and from Todaiji Temple and deer chasing after “shikasenbei” snack.
Mori Naraduke uses only the homegrown or the contractor’s vegetables and fruits. The decisive taste of strong sake flavor seasoned by only sake lees and natural salt is popular among locality, too.
What we’d like to recommend above all is “chopped Naraduke” as you can eat without washing off sake lees. The small package is available, though, the one in a “Tambatachikui-yaki” pottery will make a good souvenir to seniors and will be nice as a small gift. For sake lovers, a set of local sake and Naraduke might be witty. Why don’t you take this standard souvenir that will make a conversation piece as well?
We bought it here.
Address: Kasuganocho 23, Nara City, Nara
Writer: Kanako Ojima
Photographer: Masashi Kimura