My friend Keiko, from Tokyo, introduced me to burdock root, a slender brown root vegetable that is common in Japanese cuisine. This week, i was happy to find this vegetable at the farmer's market at Union Square. The root has a nutty sweet flavor with a crunch texture that tastes perfect with a bowl of rice and a glass of hot Saki.
|Burdock Root Recipe on Rice|
Here is one of Keiko's delicious recipes:
4 Pieces burdock root, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Chunk tofu, sliced
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1. Heat sesame oil in skillet.
2. Add the burdock slices, tofu and sesame seeds, then toss in pan until browned.
3. Add rice vinegar, soy sauce, red pepper flakes.
4. Serve on a bed of rice or just plain.