Pickled Ginger (Beni Sho-ga)
Finely shredded pickled ginger, used as a garnish in Japanese recipes, is easy to make and tastes fresher than store-bought. San Francisco Bay Area chef Sylvan Mishima Brackett prefers young ginger because it's juicer and less fibrous (a very thin skin makes it easy to identify). Regular ginger is fine too.
Peko Peko catering, Oakland, California