Post by soupandstew on Oct 21, 2017 17:09:42 GMT -5
And that's not something you often hear me say. We were eating lunch at our favorite mom-and-pop Japanese restaurant today and got the daily special bento box. There was something new in one compartment, a julienne cut veggie with a great chewy/crunchy texture, a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of heat, and wonderful sesame notes. We asked the owners what it was and, via Google translate, they told me it was burdock. Apparently we were eating a very popular and classic appetizer or side dish called kinpira where the burdock roots (think super skinny parsnip type things that get about 1-2 feet long) are cut into matchsticks, stir fried in sesame oil and then simmered with sake, soy sauce, and sugar plus a dried chile. This stuff was seriously awesome.
"Being bitter is just the ego clinging on to the past." Brendon Burchard
Yes! I volunteer in the heirloom gardens at a local historic site, and pulling the VERY LONG invasive burdock roots is a real chore. Who knew it was considered a delicacy? I'll have to try them sometime!