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Dec 12, 2019

How to prepare gobo, burdock root

Hello City Cost Hive Mind, I've been gifted a whole, dirty gobo root. I know how to cook kinpira gobo, but I've only ever handled processed gobo root. How do I prepare this root vegetable? Do I simply wash and then slice it? Does it need blanched or something? Cheers!

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TonetoEdo

TonetoEdo

Living between the Tone and Edo Rivers in Higashi Katsushika area of Chiba Prefecture.

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  • helloalissa

    on Dec 16

    According to my Japanese friend, peeling the gobou then soaking in water was how I learned to make kinpira gobou. Those thick muddy ones are a pain, but the 'shin gobou' that's thinner (and thinner skinned) can be cooked without peeling and soaking for sure. I was curious about why they are soaked traditionally - just in case there is a health concern. This article was really good https://www.simplyoishii.com/gobo.html According to that, you're better off just scrubbing and using gobou as is, so good call!

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  • genkidesu

    on Dec 16

    From the way my neighbors do it, they just wash, chop, and pan fry it. I don't think they even peel it! I'm not an expert myself though since I've never personally cooked with it (I get a bit intimidated by the laundry list of veggies that are new to me here!)

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  • TonetoEdo

    on Dec 16

    @genkidesu Thanks fo your reply. I took a chance and washed and peeled a chunk of the gobo root I got. I put it in Thai green curry along with chicken, eggplant, green pepper and mushrooms, and it’s pretty good. So, don’t peel? I’ll scrub the heck out of the rest of it and try pan frying, kimpira gobo style.

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  • genkidesu

    on Dec 16

    @TonetoEdo yes! Keep the peel. I double checked online to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding, and apparently the peel has most of the flavor. Just give it a good ol' scrub and it should be good. A curry sounds like a good use for it. Most root veggies do well when they're simmered away in a yummy sauce!

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  • ReishiiTravels

    on Dec 16

    Personally, I like to peel it! After washing it and peeling it, you could try putting it in some curry. Curry is my go to for any veggie I am trying to use up!!

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  • JapanExpert

    on Feb 26

    If you’re looking for a Gobo recipe, I highly recommend the one below. It’s delicious as a hot or cold soup. https://cookpad.com/recipe/271251 As for preparing the gobo before using it, wash and use the back of a knife to scrape off some of the skin. No need to peel completely.

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