There are several side dishes which are ever present in Japanese markets and supermarkets. Some of them were staples in my kitchen, though I never learned how to make them! It was always easy to pick up something on your way home, and while I did learn some good recipes from people in Japan, there were many things I wished I learned to make, but for whatever reason, never did. Kinpira Gobo was one of my favorite side dishes. I had never heard of gobo (nor “burdock root”) until I was in Japan. It is a kind of woody root, but it quickly became one of my favorites. I often used gobo in cooking, though I had never made this dish until tonight. Again, it is from Nami, of Just One Cookbook, whose Niku Jyaga came out perfect for me the other day.
I guess it’s been too long for me to do homemade Japanese cooking. My husband said I should make this when my mother-in-law visits!