It is time to yet again, head straight to the kitchen. Do you reach for the fridge? No…. Do you reach for some fruit? No… Do you reach for the pantry? Well… kinda. You are reaching for ingredients and an apron. Why? Because it’s time to make the next epic dish from our “eat like your anime faves” series! That’s right, it’s time once again just like Souma did to rise to the challenge and stand above everyone with your superior cooking skills! We are pretty sure that we could write a whole year of Eat Like Your Anime Faves, using only food shown in Shokugeki no Souma, and we would not run out of topics. With that being said, let’s talk about what we are using today!
Kinpira Gobou (Braised Burdock Root with Carrots) from Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
Gobou means “burdock root” and is a flat root that can be seen in temperate areas of the world. Burdock root is actually considered an invasive species in the west, but in Japan, and other parts of Asia, it is actually eaten! Gobou will have an earthy, bitter taste, and in order to get rid of that, you need to soak it in water, assuming that the gobou you get has not been already, for about 5-10 minutes in water. Be sure to slice it up diagonally before you do, though! Let’s take a look at some of the options you have with gobou!
Often consumed either at lunch, dinner, or in bentos, Kinpira Gobou is quite delicious and uses those backbone ingredients of Japanese cooking that we see time and time again; soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. It, of course, made its debut in the first episode of the second season of Shokugeki no Souma. “Why?” you may ask. It is because Japanese people LOVE this dish and it is eaten very frequently. Kinpira Gobou is also a popular dish among dieters. It can even go well with a nice cold glass of tea or beer! Well, let’s get right on into it!
What you will need:( Note: Serves one person. If you make more, it could serve two or more! )
Yet again, it is those backbone ingredients featured. If you make one of our recipes and have those ingredients, it is easy to make more! We are giving you the basics to start off with and master. Once you have that, you can always add things to it to give it more like lotus root, daikon(radish), or even tofu! The choice is yours. Just remember for each ingredient you add, you need to increase the other wet ingredients.
How to Cook It:
1If you are using fresh burdock root, you need to wash it, slice it diagonally making about 2cm pieces, and then you need to soak it for at least 10 minutes in water. If you want to be safe, repeat the process twice or three times.
2Next, slice your carrots very thinly. Think like half the width of a shoestring french fry. If you cannot do that because it is a bit tricky/dangerous, then go for about the width of a shoestring french fry.
3If you are using any other ingredients like leftover lotus root or anything else, please add it to the other veggies now.
4Begin to heat up a little bit of oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
5Add in all of the veggies that you are going to use. Stir fry/sauté them by moving them around quickly in the frying pan.
6Mix together the soy sauce, mirin, cooking wine/sake, and sugar and stir until all of the sugar has dissolved or mixed in.
7Once that has been completed, pour this into the frying pan with the veggies and stir quickly.
8Once the liquid has begun to evaporate and the pan is beginning to become a bit sticky, cut the heat and stir quickly a few times. You will know if it is right as your pan will be bubbling.
9Transfer to a bowl, plates are no good because they will be very difficult to get the food off of, and adorn with sesame seeds and mix lightly. If you are using a bowl like we said, then a simple shake or two should be all you need to get it to mix well.
(Note: Knives. Be really careful when slicing the vegetables, especially, the burdock root. )
If you did everything right, it should come out looking something like this!
This one is for more of those, though, who find themselves hooked on it after trying it. Cooking is as easy as 1-2-3, and you have us here at Honey’s Anime to guide you along the way. While some can seem more difficult than others, remember that your favorite anime characters, especially those from Shokugeki no Souma, never ever backed down, but rather took every challenge head-on. You can do it and we believe in you! Please let us know if there is ever anything that you would like us to write up on this series. Until next time!