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Mukago-gohan (Japanese flavored rice with yam tubercles)

Mukago, yam tubercles – when I was a kid, I picked these tiny cute potatoes in the backyard and parks in autumn. I haven’t had them for years, but yesterday I found them at the market.

This mugako-gohan is simple yet comforting. Add 2 rice measuring cups (300g) of japonica rice, 10 cm of dried kelp, 100g mukago, 1 tsp of salt, 2 tbsp of sake. Then cook the same as plain rice.

Tako-meshi (Japanese flavored rice with octopus)

This is one of ‘takikomi gohan’ (seasoned rice with vegetables / fish / meat) and a local dish in the Kinki region.

Add 2 rice measuring cups (300g) of japonica rice, 10 cm of dried kelp, 150g diced octopus (boiled), 1 slice of ginger, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp of sake, 1 tbsp of mirin and water in a rice cooker or pot. Then cook the same as plain rice.

Satsumaimo Gohan: Japanese Sweet Potato Rice

Autumn, a time of harvest, is the best season to enjoy ‘takikomi gohan’ (seasoned rice with vegetables / fish / meat). This sweet potato rice is one of the simplest takikomi gohan that is easy to cook and tastes comforting.

When I was small, adults told me that sweet potato rice (but not like this, I imagine) was something people had to eat during the war. I always remember their story when I cook it to realize how blessed we are today.

 

Simply add 2 rice measuring cups (300g) of japonica rice, 5 cm of dried kelp, diced sweet potato, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of sake and water. Then cook the same as plain rice. Sprinkle sesame seeds and salt before serving.