You may be familiar with kinpira gobo, a popular Japanese side dish made of julienned gobo (burdock) and carrots that have been simmered in sugar and soy sauce and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Kinpira is a cooking style where ingredients are first stir fried then simmered in a sweet soy sauce. This unique Gomoku Kinpira includes five domestic ingredients from Japan (gomoku means five items) that have been carefully combined in a balanced manner.
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Suggested uses:Soak in room temperature or hot water for 7-15 mins to reconstitute. Try making Gomoku Kinpira using the recipe below or use in stir fries, pasta or on pizza.
Put the Gomoku Kimpira into a bowl of water and set aside for 15 mins or until soft.
Squeeze out excess water very well. Add some oil to a pan and sautė the Gomoku Kimpira for 1 min over medium heat.
Add in soy sauce, sugar, dashi powder, mirin and sake and cook for another minute, making sure to keep stir-frying to ensure even flavor throughout the dish. Add some salt to taste and adjust to your preference.
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