For the pickled plums
: Combine the sugar and vinegar in a glass jar and stir until the sugar
dissolves. Add the plums and set aside in the refrigerator until the plums are pickled, about 1 hour.
For the plum pickle
shots: Fill a cocktail
shaker with ice. Add the vodka
, five-spice powder and 3 ounces pickled plum brine and shake for 30 seconds. Strain
the mixture into 2 sake
each with a pickled plum and slice of Chinese pork jerky
Arrange the shot glasses with others, if desired, in the top basket of a 2-tier bamboo steamer. Place a small bowl of water in the bottom basket. Right before serving, place several cubes of dry ice
in the bowl of water. Place the lid on top of the steamer basket. To serve, remove the steamer basket lid and the dry ice smoke will pour out.