ramen and pickles

science, technology, and medicine served up with some tasty noodles

Monthly Archives: December 2012

My new favorite pickle: Hino-na (日野菜)

Thanks to some assistance from friends, I have identified my new favorite pickle.
It is the Hinona Kabu from Shiga Prefecture:  http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_224-129.html
It often used in Kyoto cuisine in the winter months.  The leaves and root are pickled together, and then each are sliced up separately and served together, as they compliment each other.  The pickle not only has a beautiful color, it has a wonderful spicy flavor of a sort of mustardy radish.  It is roughly in between a Western radish and a daikon in flavor, shape, color and consistency, and takes the best of each and combines them together.
Some English directions on how to make a vinegar pickle form:  http://foodbeest.com/2011/06/28/turnips/
Some directions on how to make pickles from the hinona (nukazuke style):  http://kyotofoodie.com/how-to-make-nukazuke-pickling-vegetables/
Japanese websites:
Apparently the seeds can be used to make a cooking oil, much like canola oil, and the leaves are like mizuna.

Psychiatric Comptency – “Madness in the Fast Lane”

What criterion should be use for retaining mentally ill people in custody?  What is the predictive power of differences in psychiatric diagnoses?  Zoom out into you tube to see the videZ

In short, there are two Swedish sisters with very aberrant behavior who both end up running into oncoming traffic right in front of the police and get injured.   One is well enough to leave the hospital and is discharged by the police.  She then goes out and murders a fellow who takes her in the next day. 

It is a very disturbing video to watch, but brings up a lot of legal/ethical/psychiatric issues into how people are managed.   Although it is in the UK, it is relevant to things that happen in legal systems all over.

How much are the psychiatric issues a result of the each sister’s influence on each other?  How transient are they?  What are the implications on how people should be dealt with by the legal/medical establishment?

When are people psychiatrically competent to be released?  When are they competent to stand trial?  When are they legally cupable for their actions?

Pickles & rice for dinner

A delicious assortment of tsukemono to go with the short grained rice. How many different kinds can you identify?


Dohatsuten, Palo Alto, CA

Vegetable shoyu ramen with extra chashu.  The “vegetable” ramen means lots of extra vegetables which you can see clearly in the picture.



They have some really delicious non-ramen dishes here, mostly izakaya style (Japanese tapas).  One really delicious side to order there is yakionigiri (fried rice ball) which they serve with a little tsukemono (Japanese pickle).