Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Japanese recipe: Simmered konjac and bamboo shoots

These 4 items below are the main ingredients cooking Japanese food.
  1. Soy sauce
  2. Japanese sake
  3. Mirin(sweet rice wine)
  4. Dashi(Japanese broth)
If you have these ingredients, you can make anything tastes like Japanese food.
Name some Japanese dishes. You will find most Japanese food has at least 1 ingredient from above.

One of  the most common Japanese dishes that include all these 4 ingredients is called Nimono(stewed dishes).
However, Nimono is not just one dish: about any kinds of food (vegetables, meats, and fish) can be Nimono if you cook with these ingredients. *Some Nimono dishes may use sugar instead of Mirin and omit dashi.

Today, I  made Nimono with konjac, bamboo shoots, Japanese radish, and shitake mushroom.
Also, I added bonito flakes for dashi (Japanese broth) with vegetables and cooked. *Usually when you make fish broth by adding bonito flakes into a boiling water for couple of mins and remove the bonito flakes.

Japanese recipe:
Simmered konjac and bamboo shoots

*4 to 5 servings

  • 10 oz Konjac (280g)
  • 7 oz Bamboo shoots(boiled) (200g)
  • 9 oz Japanese radish (250g)
  • 4 big Shitake mushroom
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 Dried Chili pepper
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 oz Bonito flakes (15g)*
  • 1 teaspoon Konbu seaweed dashi powder*
  • 2.5 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 2.5 tablespoon Japanese sake (you can substitute with white wine)
  • 1.25 tablespoon Mirin(sweet ricewine) (you can substitute with Sugar)
*If you don't have bonito flakes or Konbu seaweed dashi powder, use 1 teaspoon of Instant dashi powder(dashi no moto).

  1. Cut Konjac,bamboo shoots, radish, and shitake mushrooms into 1 bite-sizes. Slice chili pepper.
  2. Boil Konjac in hot water for couple of mins and drain water.
  3. In a pot, add oil and chili pepper and saute lightly with Medium heat.
  4. Add Konjac, bamboo shoots, radish, and shitake mushrooms to the pot and cook for about 5 mins.
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients, put a lid, and cook for about 30 mins. Stir frequently while cooking.

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  1. Your recipes look amazing, can't wait to try a few.

  2. Thank you for the comment! I hope you enjoy my recipes :)