Japanese term meaning "dressed foods" and referring to saladlike dishes combined with a dressing complimentary to the ingredients. The composition of the dressings varies but is generally based on puréed tofu. Aemono dishes are usually served chilled as appetizers, although Japanese diners sometimes eat them towards the end of a meal prior to the rice.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.