Grilling pickles – a custom only seen in Hida area
“Pickles steak” is a local delicacy of Hida area, Gifu. There was a custom to grill pickles in Hida since long ago. It started when frozen pickles, an important food for the harsh winter, were grilled on magnolia leaves beside the fire in order to melt them. Cut pickles are grilled on top of magnolia leaves and mixed with raw eggs. It is a popular menu in bars in Hida area. Some are cooked with oil on a pan instead of magnolia leaves, fried with soy sauce or miso and added with eggs, bonito flakes and red ginger.