Gomoku Soybeans

Gomoku means “five kinds”. This recipe contains five ingredients along with soybeans.

2 cups cooked soybeans

2 cups dashi (katsu bushi stock)  or consomme cube with 2 cups water

1 carrot, diced in 1/2 inch cubes

1 half burdock* (gobo), diced

1/2 lotus root (optional) diced

3 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and diced

1/4 apiece of konnyaku (if available) diced

4~5 T soy sauce

4 T sugar

2 T mirin sweet sake , if available

Boil all ingredients, for about 20 minutes or until the juices are reduced to about 1/3 . Check taste and add more soy sauce or sugar to taste.

This keeps in the refrigerator for a week. Eat a little at a time as a side dish with rice and other dishes.

*burdock  or gobo is a long thin root that has a very nice aroma and adds a lot of flavor. You can omit the lotus root or konnyaku if it isn’t available. You will find the pwd instant “Katsu dashi” at an oriental market.  Use whatever vegetables you have on hand!


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