Kinpira Gobo

Kinpira Gobo (Braised Carrot & Burdock Root)

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: gobo, kinpira
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 as side dish
Kinpira Gobo is a traditional Japanese dish often enjoyed at home and you might be familiar with it since it's typically served in bento box from Japanese markets.





  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Kinpira Gobo Ingredients
  2. Peel gobo’s skin with peeler or traditionally we scrape (peel) the skin off with the back of kitchen knife. Then diagonally slice thinly so that each piece is about 2 inch length. Then collect some of the slices and cut into thin matchbox strips. Soak the gobo in water or vinegar water (just one drop of vinegar would do). Change water a couple of times until the water becomes clean. Then leave the gobo in water until you are ready to stir fry.
    Kinpira Gobo 1
  3. Cut carrots into matchbox strips.
  4. In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium high heat and stir fry gobo first. Then add carrot next after you cook gobo for a few minutes.
    Kinpira Gobo 2
  5. Add the ingredients for the seasonings and cook until most of liquid evaporates.
    Kinpira Gobo 3
  6. When the liquid is almost gone, add sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds and ichimitogarashi.
    Kinpira Gobo 4

Recipe Notes

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