Takikomi Gohan is a Japanese rice dish typically seasoned with soy sauce. Although I’ve seen Takikomi Gohan on a menu at a high-end Japanese restaurant here in San Francisco Bay Area, most of you probably haven’t heard of this dish.
In Japan, depending on season, we add different kinds of vegetable, meat, and mushrooms so you enjoy the food each season offers and get extra nutrition instead of just plain white rice. People are always creative in regards to the ingredients they put in.
Today I added leftover fish cake called Chikuwa and Gobo root. I also added miso this time because both ingredients go really well with miso flavor. If you are tired of just plain rice, I hope you will add this recipe to your repertoire.
- 3 cups of uncooked rice (Please use rice cooker’s cup)
- 1 gobo root
- 1 carrot
- 2 pieces of Chikuwa
- 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 4 Tbsp. Miso (I use Awase Miso)*
- 2 Tbsp. Mirin
- 1 Tbsp. sake
- Yuzu Kosho (optional)
- Shredded nori sheet for garnish
- Rinse rice until water is almost clear (See How To Make Rice). Drain well in a fine mesh sieve and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Place rice in the rice cooker.
- Peel the gobo root and cut in half lengthwise and thinly slice diagonally.
- In a medium bowl, soak gobo root in water or vinegar water (2 cups water + 1 tsp. vinegar) for 15 minutes to prevent from changing color and drain well.
- Peel the carrot and cut in half lengthwise and slice thinly.
- Cut chikuwa into thin pieces.
- In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, Miso, Mirin, and sake and mix well.
- Pour the seasonings into the rice cooker and mix well.
- Then add water up to “3”, the specified level marked in the inner bowl.
- Add the gobo root, carrot, and chikuwa on top of the rice.
- Set rice cooker menu to “Mixed” and start cooking.
- When rice is done cooking, wait 10 minutes before you open the rice cooker. Mix well and serve Takikomi Gohan with Yuzu Kosho for spicy taste and garnish with shredded nori sheet.
* Some brands of miso can be saltier than others so please adjust accordingly.