A blog by Jorge Garcia.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Burdock Experiment

Beth says I tried it before and hated it but I felt like I discovered the newest greatest thing when I tried Kinpira Gobo at the Japanese restuarant we go to.

Kinpira gobo is a salad made from sauteed burdock root and carrot. Now I only recently heard of burdock when it was mentioned in a recipe at http://www.goop.com/ for bibimbop.

Suddenly it's everywhere. So I decided I'd try to make my own. Now burdock is the longest root in the grocery store.

How long is it? (Too easy.)

So long that no bag will hold it. In fact at the Don Quijote where I got it they had their own packaging created just for it.

It's so long I couldn't get it all in this picture
so I had to tilt it away from the camera.

I'm not going to tell you the recipe all I did was google it. But I will show the finished product.
Tahdah!


24 comments:

Jenea said...

Looks funny, ;) like one thousand worms!!! :)))))

turquoisemoon said...

(I'm sorry)...eewwww!!!

James said...

Jorge,

Looks tasty - give some to Nunu.

weewiccababe said...

ugh, looks like a bowl of worms lol

Judy in Indiana said...

I have never seen this root in Indiana :( And I never did that with celery in school. Now I gotta go to the grocery and get some so I can teach my kids something that will amaze us all. How fun!

Jules said...

So how does it taste? You have to give us more information than just the picture!

Gloria said...

burdock is quite delicious when prepared correctly...try Goya or Bitter Melon....its good as well if you like bitter...just gotta know how to finagle the Japaneese ingredients...anyone can do it

David said...

Funny, my wife (who's Japanese) talked to me about Kinpira Gobo just a little while ago, then I check your blog, and ta da...

Hope you liked it.

sarcasticcheese said...

I have a whole crop of burdocks growing behind my garage. You are more than welcome to come and dig them all up. No really, you'd be doing me a favor. :)

Pen2 said...

Hi Jorge

So glad you followed the cat poop with the food blog. yuck

Not my bowl of ,what was it again? Worms and carrots?
lol

hehe just kidding
Pen2

Chrissy Conklin said...

i think that actually looks pretty good. i love japanese food, it's my favorite!

i wish i lived in hawai'i, japanese food tastes 100 times better there than it does here.

Master Rafa said...

No looks like worms, snakes! "SLARLMFDROTFAPMSLOL"

winlee said...

Mmmmmm, I love kinpira gobo and I am very impressed with your results! You can also do the same thing with hasu (lotus root).

Tokyo Biker Mommy said...

I used to live in Japan and i LOVE kinpira gobo! Never occurred to me to make it tho, i just go to the local Japanese market and buy it pre-made. ;-)

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

never heard of it..but now every store in america will have it after you posted it...when it shows up i'll let you know..
it looks really good..

Liane said...

isn't it delicious??? my grandma used to make this all the time. she'd add chili pepper and diced pork, too. OISHI!!!

Janelle said...

Hmmmmmmmm........

Kaneohe Jack said...

Jorge - Did your recipe call for adding dried shrimp? "Crisping" dried shrimp and adding it to the kinpiri is my favorite way of having it. That's the way I like it and I have been eating it that way my whole life.

ehouse said...

You should go burdock root hunting in a place where it grows wild. You can find in Central Park and some other random places here in NYC. You'll need a big shovel and patience. The root will taste so much better after you have worked to dig it out of the ground first!

mabochda said...

no offense but it looks like worms & carrots!

Paul Spooner said...

Dandilion and Burdock was the best flavoured pop (juice) when I was growing up in Sunderland... It was made by a local company called 'Villa'

Takes me back...,

Ms Avery said...

Looks yummy! It's also delicious deep-fried as tempura :)

O.Schaefer said...

Yum. Love that stuff. I've been living in Tokyo for the last ten years or so, so no stranger to it. My friend's mother makes this homemade too. It's awesome.

pseudobunny said...

Fenteman's makes that burdock/dandelion soda pop.