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Takikomi Gohan: Dashi Simmered Rice with Vegetables

Subtle flavors of sake, soy sauce season earthy root vegetables in Chef Morimoto’s takikomi rice. Served as a main, side dish or as a Japanese rice ball, takikomi gohan is a sensational treat for the taste buds. The Iron Chef declares, “This is one of the most elegant rice dishes I know.” I couldn’t agree more!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Japanese Rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 192kcal
Author Chef Morimoto from Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking

Ingredients

For the Dashi: Dried Fish and Kelp Stock - Makes about 7 cups

  • ½ ounce kombu dried kelp; an approximately 5 by 6-inch piece
  • 8 cups water preferably filtered or spring water
  • ounces bonito flakes katsuobushi about 3 cups lightly packed

For the Takikomi Gohan: Dashi Simmered Rice with Vegetables

  • teaspoons vegetable oil
  • teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ pound boneless chicken thigh trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • ½ cup carrot sliced 1½ by ½ by 1/8 inch peeled
  • ½ cup aburaage 1½ by ½ by 1/8 inch store-bought sliced
  • fried tofu skins
  • ½ cup burdock root 1½ by ½ by 1/8 inch (gobo) or parsnip peeled & sliced
  • 1/3 cup gray konnyaku 1½ by ½ by 1/8 inch Japanese yam cake sliced
  • cups dashi see recipe above
  • 2 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake Japanese rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon mirin sweet rice wine
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups short-grain white rice “sushi rice”, washed well and drained

Instructions

To make the Dashi: Dried Fish and Kelp Stock

  • Briefly and gently wipe the kombu with a damp towel to remove any dirt or grit, but do not scrub off the white stuff.
  • Combine the water and kombu in a medium pot, set over medium heat, and heat uncovered just until you see small bubbles break the surface of the water, 10 to 12 minutes. Take the pot off the heat.
  • Use tongs to remove and discard the kombu. Add the bonito flakes to the pot and stir gently to distribute the flakes throughout the liquid. Let the flakes steep for about 1 minute and use a spoon to skim off any white froth from the surface of the liquid. Let the flakes steep for 2 minutes more.
  • Line a sieve or strainer with a cheesecloth or sturdy paper towels, set the sieve over a large container, and pour in the dashi. Very gently press the flakes and discard them.
  • If you’re not using the dashi right away, let it cool to room temperature and store it in air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To make the Takikomi Gohan: Dashi Simmered Rice with Vegetables

  • Pour the oils in a small pot, add the chicken, set the pot over medium heat, and wait for the chicken to sizzle. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the carrot, abura-age, burdock and konnyaku and stir well, then add the dashi, soy sauce, sake, mirin and salt. Raise the heat to medium-high; bring the liquid to a strong simmer, and cook until the carrots are tender with a slight bite, 5 to 8 minutes. Use a spoon to skim off any white scum from the surface. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a large heatproof measuring cup, reserving the solids. If necessary, pour off any excess liquid or add enough water or extra dashi to give you 2 cups of liquid.
  • Combine the liquid and rice in a rice cooker or a medium pot and stir briefly. If you’re using a rice cooker, use the white rice setting if there is one and press the “cook” button. If you’re using a pot, cover it, set it over medium-high heat, and bring the liquid to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to very low to maintain a bare simmer and cook, doing your best not to peek under the lid, until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is tender, about 15 minutes. If you are using a rice cooker, wait until the rice has finished cooking completely and the timer goes off.
  • Add the reserved chicken mixture (but don’t stir just yet) and cover with the lid again. Remove from the heat and let the pot or rice cooker sit until the chicken mixture is hot and the rice is completely tender, at least 10 or up to 20 minutes. Stir gently but well, then serve right away.

Notes

  1. Small bits of tofu can be substituted for the chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1019mg | Potassium: 412mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2695IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1.1mg