Kinpira – another recipe

January 6th, 2010 12:01 am

Since I get at least some positive responses on recipe posts, here is another one.  I made this tonight, and it’s delicious.  I just bought 4 burdock roots just the other day, so this is a perfect dish for me.  And it’s a perfect side dish I can put in my packed lunch.  It’s good warm or cold.



  • Burdock root – 1
  • Carrot – 1
  • Soy sauce – 2.5 tbsp
  • Mirin (sweet cooking sake) – 2.5 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds – 1tbsp
  • Dashi – 50ml



  1. Cut budock root and carrot julienne (see the picture)
  2. Heat up a pan well, on high heat
  3. Add oil, then heat it well
  4. Add chili powder, and mix well
  5. Add vegetables, and quickly sauté
  6. Add soy sauce, mirin, and dashi, and cook until half of the liquid evaporates – it doesn’t take long
  7. Stop the heat, and sprinkle the sesame seed



  • For vegetable oil, I use extra virgin olive oil.  Some people use regular vegetable oil, or sesame oil.
  • For dashi, I used the different dashi I used from the ozoni recipe.  This powder dashi is much handier, especially for small quantity like this.  I also use this dashi for miso soup every day.
  • The original recipe I used calls for 4 small whole chili peppers to be sautéed first, until they turn black.  I couldn’t find these tiny, hot chili peppers locally, so I substituted it with chili powder.  There’s some room for experiment in this area.
  • Sesame seeds are optional.  But it’s good for your health, so why not add it?  For extra goodness, you can have the sesame seed toasted lightly, then have it ground.  Now it won’t look as good, but it brings more flavor, and it’s easier to digest.


  • rObrak says:

    Wow good for you. Keep up what you’re enjoying. You might like the idea of using an insulated tiffin bag for your packed lunch. It can keep the food’s right temperature. So good that you can eat your lunch at its best and crispness. Well you got to have one because this is really amazing lunch pack buddy. =)

  • tenkenX6 says:

    Mmm…kinpira is delicious! I haven’t eaten any in a while, but I love the stuff to death. I seriously could probably eat it every day.

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