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What most of us don't know about burdock, however, is that it has been used in various types of herbal medicine as a detoxifying herb, and its oil contains nutrients that help with scalp and hair health. According to Wikipedia, burdock was also the inspiration for Velcro (which, if you've ever studied one of the burrs, makes perfect sense).
Kinpira gobo is a traditional Japanese dish. It's base components are julienned (or very thinly sliced) burdock and carrot sauteed in oil, then simmered in soy sauce, and, optionally, sprinkled with sesame seeds. Variations include the addition of sesame oil, mirin, red pepper flakes, and/or sugar. Again, I wanted this to be as simple as possible, so I used Christina Pirello's Kinpira recipe from Cooking the Whole Foods Way, but next time I would definitely add some mirin and sugar to create a bit of a teriyaki glaze when the liquid cooks down. Because burdock root and the flavors in this recipe are prominent in a variety of Asian cuisines, you can use it as a side dish for any stir fry-type meal.
|Kinpira Gobo (bottom left) served with rice and tofu|