Shiraae is a traditional Japanese side dish. Shiro(a) means white, and ae means mix. The white part suggests the tofu pesto, and basically everything mixed with this pesto is called shieaae. This dish is generally served in a small portion, using the vegetables you have at hand, such as spinach, carrots, and string beans. Some siraae has fruits and seaweeds in it. There is no rule for what should be mixed with the pesto, but watery vegetables, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, are not the best choices. The tofu pesto tends to be slightly sweet, and it may be weird for you at first. If you can appreciate this dish, you are one step closer to being a Japanese food aficionado!