Stir Fried Burdock Root

"Kinpira gobo is a classic Japanese side dish made with braised burdock root and carrots. It’s crunchy, salty, and ready in just 10 minutes!"
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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 5mins
Serves or Makes: 2

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  • 1/2 pound gobo, (burdock root)
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  • Step 1

    Scrub the gobo skin well or peel the skin. Cut into matchsticks then soak in a bowl of water until ready to cook.

  • Step 2

    Peel carrots and cut into matchsticks, make sure they are similar in size to the gobo.

  • Step 3

    Mix together soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar in a small bowl.

  • Step 4

    Drain the gobo, getting rid of as much water as you can (water will splash when it hits the oil). Heat a fry pan with the sesame oil, and once fragrant add the gobo and red pepper flakes. Sauté a few minutes until the gobo is evenly coated in oil.

  • Step 5

    Add carrots, cook for 1 minute, then add in the soy sauce mixture and continue cooking until the liquid is gone. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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