Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kinpira Renkon

By Setsuko Yoshizuka

Kinpira renkon is braised lotus root. Lotus root (renkon) is rich in vitamin C and is thought to be a good luck food in Japan.

Kinpira Gobo Recipe


  • 3/4 lb. renkon (lotus root), peeled and sliced into thin rounds or thin half rounds
  • 3 oz. carrot, peeled and sliced into thin half-rounds
  • 2 tsps vegetable oil and 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sake
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 Ttbsp mirin
  • 1 Tbsp soysauce
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


Soak renkon slices in water for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large skillet. Stir-fry carrot and renkon slices for a couple minutes on medium heat. Add sake and stir-fry until the liquid is gone. Add mirin and sugar and stir-fry until the liquid is gone. Further, add soy sauce and stir-fry quickly. Stop the heat and sprinkle sesame seeds at last.
*Makes 4 servings


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