Saturday, March 19, 2011

Stir Fried Burdock Root with Pork


This was my first time buying a Burdock Root or Gobo (in Japanese) and stir-frying this dish.  Lots of times, I would buy food that was said to have medicinal benefits and this was one of them.  You can read more about Burdock at Wiki.   I heard people used this to make soup but I have yet to try it.  I should have do a search but I wanted to make this dish first.  My friend gave me this recipe and I also had a privilege to try it at her house.  I quite liked it and thus prompted me to buy the Burdock root in the first place.

This root was quite harsh and fibrous and I didn't do the step as mentioned in wiki, "Burdock root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavor with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced by soaking julienned or shredded roots in water for five to ten minutes."; perhaps that's why.

When my husband first saw this, he asked, "Are those gingers?"  HAHAHA.... Looked similar to ginger right?  I bet it will be delicious with ginger but probably use less than half of the amount.  This stir-fried burdock root was a bit hard to chew but I loved it though.  My girls couldn't eat this and my hubby didn't like it, so I "sapu" (finished) all. 





I adapted the recipe from here, except I used fish sauce instead of soy sauce and chili flakes instead of dried chili Arbol.

I personally liked this sauce and it went well with the pork and burdock root.  You can substitute the burdock with julienned ginger too.  Or simply cook it without the burdock.

13 comments:

Belinda @zomppa said...

Never tried cooking with this root before. I bet the fish makes it that much yummier!

tigerfish said...

Burdock root is something on my to-try list but have not bought any yet! Not sure if it is seasonal. Hope when I want to try it, it is still available.

Food For Tots said...

Burdock is a very nutritious food. I only know how to use burdock root for making soup. Need to try out your stir-fry version one day.

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

I have yet to cook with burdock too though I've been meaning to :) Thanks for the inspiration and your stir-fry looks great!

daphne said...

now that u mention it, it does look like ginger! gosh, I really do want to try this! i dont recall seeing this at all at our local markets..

pigpigscorner said...

I made soup with it the last time I bought it. It was really fibrous so we just drank the soup.

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I've actually not attempted burdock root, despite seeing it so often the grocery but definitely will try seeing how yours turn out :)

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

How the fresh yamagobo taste? I only try the marinate yamagobo in sushi..taste like gingseng..well maybe it's the seasoning..

Little Corner of Mine said...

Belinda, the fish sauce?

Tigerfish, not sure if it's seasonal too, but the last I went into the Asian market, not as fresh looking.

F4T, I want to try it in soup the next time.

Thanks Jen.

Daphne, it's available in Korean market too.

pigpig, yeah quite fibrous, not suitable for kids or some adults. :P

Min, no harm in trying!

Beachlover, I don't think I tasted the marinated one before. Certainly an interesting root.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I heard of this but never to buy , since you need to sapu all, i think if I buy and I will have same situation too, hahaha!

noobcook said...

Burdock root sounds healthy and delicious, I have to try it some day..

Sasa said...

I wish I could burdock root here, in Japan I made kimpira gobo a lot. I have some frozen lotus root though so I'm going to try using it instead!

Kay @ Chopstix2Steaknives said...

I love burdock root!! Bring on the chewy fibrous texture. :)