“Kinpira-Gobo” Fried Burdock & Carrot

Kinpira-Gobo is a popular dish of Japanese food, which is a homemade taste.

After frying strips of burdock root and carrot in sesame oil, add soy sauce, dashi broth, mirin and  sugar.  Then simmer them about quarter-hour.
If desired, sprinkle sesame seeds on them.

"Kinpira-Gobo" Fried Burdock & Carrot

How to make strips of burdock root.  There is two style, one is “Sasagaki” and the other is “Sengiri”.
– Sasagaki : shave the burdock with a knife as if sharpening a pencil
– Sengiri : cut into thin strips, a julienne

Gobo, Burdock root
Gobo, Burdock root

 

I prefer Sasagaki style of burdock, called “Sasagaki-Gobo”.
It is written “笹掻き牛蒡” in Kanji, literally “burdock shaved like a bamboo leaf”

Although there is a Sasagaki-Gobo, there is not a Sasagaki-Carrot.
Sasagaki style is only used for hard vegetables like burdock root.

Immerse the shaved burdock in water to remove scum for a while, then it will be cooked deliciously.
Gobo, Burdock root

・Kinpira-Gobo
is strips of burdock rood cooked in oil, soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar.  金平牛蒡(きんぴらごぼう) literally “musucularity burdock”
・Gobo
is a burdock root.  牛蒡(ごぼう)
・Sasagaki
is how to shave the burdock with a knife as if sharpening a pencil. 笹掻き(ささがき) literally “burdock shaved like a bamboo leaf”
・Sengiri
is how to cut into thin strips, a julienne.  千切り(せんぎり) literally “cut into thousand pieces”