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Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry
(Kinpira Gobo)

03/02/2016 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

This Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry is a healthy vegan side dish with a spicy ZING – quick and easy to make, and bursting with Japanese flavour. From wok to plate before you’ve finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you’ve been waiting for. 

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

There was no way we were going to miss out on the chance to cook with a Japanese chef, even if the breeze outside was sharp enough to slice us in two.

Escaping the horrendous weather for the blessed warmth inside the restaurant, a savoury aroma filled the air from the kombu and bonito bubbling away on the stove.

Donning our aprons and taking charge of scarily sharp knives, we set to work whittling carrots and burdock into slivers using the sasakagi method before chucking them in a frypan to sizzle in sesame oil.

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

But wait, hold up. What the heck is burdock?

Known as gobo in Japan, burdock is a 2 foot long and (let’s be honest) rather ugly little root vegetable that looks like a long and flexible brown carrot, if you tilt your head and squint.

While carrots tend to be juicy and sweet, burdock root has an earthy crunch all of its own, unlike anything else we’ve come across in our travels.

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Kinpira means ‘to sauté and simmer’, so into the hissing burdock and carrot we threw splashes of soy, sake, mirin, and the mouth-watering dashi stock, following up with a sprinkling of raw sugar and a handful of chopped red chilli.

And that was literally all that was needed to turn a few simple ingredients into this luscious Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry.

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Leaving the red and gold mass to simmer down into thick, saucy deliciousness, we turned our hands to a few other classy Japanese recipes from our awesome chef while we had the chance.

(Hint hint: If you love rice for breakfast lunch and dinner, check out these handcrafted Japanese rice ball snacks over here>>).

Asian groceries or markets are going to be your best source for burdock, but if you can’t get your hands on any, asparagus is the perfect substitute.

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

What do you like to cook outside when the weather is foul? What dishes warm your soul? Tell us all about them in the comments below. 🙂

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo)

It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Stir Fry
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 1 burdock root
  • 2 – 3 carrots peeled
  • White sesame seeds

For the Sauce

  • 1 tsp dashi stock powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tbsp soy
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

  • Mix the dashi powder and water in a small mixing bowl. Add the soy, mirin and sake and stir. Set aside.
  • Wash the burdock root thoroughly to remove dirt. Slice into small julienne strips about 4 – 5 cm long. (Alternatively, slice burdock using the Japanese sasagaki method). Soak the burdock slices in water to keep fresh and remove any dirt, then drain and squeeze out any remaining liquid.
  • Slice the carrot into julienne strips.
  • Heat the oil in a fry pan over medium high heat. Add the burdock and carrot and stir fry for a few minutes.
  • Pour in half of the sauce mixture and continue to cook. Once the liquid starts to evaporate, add in the remaining sauce. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has reduced.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately.
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Japanese Burdock and Carrot Stir Fry (Kinpira Gobo) - It's vegan. It's vegtastic. From wok to plate before you've finished reading the recipe, this is the Asian side dish you've been waiting for. Healthy. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Shihoko
    03/07/2016 at 7:01 pm

    Yum! My favourite Japanese dish <3 where did you get fresh burdock from? I wish I can find a shop that I can buy burdocks in Brisbane 😀

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/07/2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hey Shiho! We actually cooked this recipe while we were staying in Nagasaki in Japan. At this stage we haven’t found fresh burdock for sale near us in Australia, but it’s possible to buy some seeds and grow your own at home if you’ve got your own kitchen garden going on! Asparagus is a possible substitute but we haven’t personally tried it… yet! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristen
    08/02/2016 at 12:49 pm

    I love trying new stir fry dishes at home!! YUMMO!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/02/2016 at 1:38 am

      We think you’ll like this one, it’s a winner in our house 😁

  • Reply
    Shelby
    07/02/2016 at 11:55 pm

    I absolutely love your photos – and I would take advantage of cooking with a Japanese chef also! Looks like a delicious and warming dish!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/02/2016 at 1:37 am

      Thanks Shelby! It was an awesome experience, we really enjoyed meeting her and learning such an awesome recipe.

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    07/02/2016 at 7:02 pm

    I am sitting here pondering breakfast – and then I come on to this.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/02/2016 at 1:36 am

      Oh nice idea! We haven’t made it for breakfast yet, might give that a go next time.

  • Reply
    khadija
    07/02/2016 at 4:20 pm

    Unbelievable how easy this recipe is, wow! thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/02/2016 at 1:35 am

      No worries, glad you liked it 😁

  • Reply
    Ginger and Scotch
    07/02/2016 at 4:12 pm

    Burdock. Very interesting. Never heard of it before – thanks for sharing the knowledge and recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      08/02/2016 at 9:38 pm

      Yes, it’s quite a different vegetable but similar in taste to artichoke and asparagus. We love it!

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