Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tuna Gomoku Takikomi Gohan

Yesterday I was going to post this diary but couldn't beat the sleepiness again.
I came home late last night. I had the LPG Cellulite Treatment, which is now becoming popular in Japan. I just got a chance to have it done for free. It was better than I thought! I wish I could continue but it's pretty expensive.

The recipe I translated is my popular one!
It is flavored gohan (rice) with gomoku (5 ingredients, including tuna).
The recipe is very easy!
You just cut ingredients and cook in a rice cooker.
We call this kind of dish, "Takikomi Gohan".
It's my boyfriend's favorite!

Currently, 31 people have made this and said good!
You can find their photo reports down this page.

The point is that you use a canned tuna with its oil and that gives the rice and vegetables a rich flavor!
It is really delicious!

For the seasoning, I used Yamasa's Konbu Tsuyu (3 times concentrated Konbu kelp seaweed soup stock).
This product is very convenient!
It is mostly used for nabe, but goes good with other dishes, too!
It comes in different sizes.
Hope it is available at Japanese grocery stores overseas.
I saw it in NY (including suburban areas) though.

Tuna Gomoku Takikomi Gohan

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5min + rice cooking time
Number of servings: 4

Necessary Equipment:
suihanki (Japanese rice cooker)

2 cups uncooked Japanese rice (short-grain rice)
85g (3oz.) tuna in oil
50g (1.7oz.) carrot
10 sliced dried shitake mushrooms
100g (3.5oz.) canned takenoko (bamboo shoots)
1 fried tofu
* 50cc 3 times concentrated Yamasa's Konbu Tsuyu
* 1 tbsp. sake

1. Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in water until they become soft. Immerse fried tofu in hot water, press it using chopsticks (remove extra oil from the fried tofu), and drain and wrap in paper towel to remove any excess water.
2. Cut carrot, takenoko (bamboo shoots), and fried tofu into short and thin strips.
3. Wash rice, place the rice and water (to the correct water level) in a Japanese rice cooker, then add A and mix well. Put 5 ingredients (shitake mushrooms, fried tofu, tuna with its oil, carrot and takenoko)on top and close the cooker and switch it on.
4. When it's done, don't open and leave it for about 10 minutes to blend the flavor.
5. Open, mix well, and serve!

My original recipe in Japanese is here.

It was nice and warm yesterday, but raining again today...
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