Dosanko Cooking – Burdock Root, Carrot, Pork Slices with Tofu Soup


Good afternoon, dear friends πŸ˜€

Here is another wonderful and nutritious Hokkaido home cooking recipe by Mrs. Hoshizawa and it uses burdock root (Gobo in Japanese, “Ngau Pong” in Cantonese) for removal of toxins.


Ingredients (serves 4) –

1 Burdock Root about 1-foot long, peeled and pared/julienned

1 medium carrot, pared

1 cup pork, sliced into thin strips

1 small block soft tofu

4 cups water

2 tbsps mirin (or 1 each of sake and mirin)

3 tbsps Japanese Soy Sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste

Method –

1) Wash and peel Burdock Root. Julienne or pare it to make thin strips. Soak in a bowl of water for (maximum) 10 minutes, squeezing them occasionally to remove impurities. Water will turn slightly yellow.

2) Julienne carrot.

3) Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add in Burdock Root and carrot strips. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

4) Add sliced pork and the rest of the seasonings.

5) Crumble tofu with fingers into chunky sizes into soup. Bring to boil and serve immediately with some chopped green onions as a colourful garnishing.

Bon Appetit! πŸ˜€


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    L'aura L said,

    What a simple and healthy sounding recipe. I can’t wait to try it.


  2. 2

    sweetrosie said,

    hello dear choesf πŸ™‚

    When i was a liitle girl in England there was a soft drink called “dendelion & burdock”. I think it must have once had the reputation as a tonic. It was a very common flavour.

    Sometimes I put dandelion leaves into our salads. They’re supposed to be a good liver and kidney detox herb.

    Have a lovely weekend dear. Big hug πŸ™‚


  3. 3

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear L’aura πŸ˜€

    Burdock root has many good detoxification qualities – there is more information here –

    Hope you like this soup. πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Happy Weekend, dear sweetrosie πŸ˜€

    I only came across burdock roots a few years ago and didn’t know that they are so helpful in removing toxins until last year. πŸ™„ So, now I try to make soups or stew or a simple stirfry of burdock roots as often as I can.

    I love the taste of dandelions in my salads – yes, it is good for the kidney and livers…I used to buy bottles of “dandelion and milk thistle” extract tablets for my husband to take.

    Have a relaxing weekend!

    With love and hugs,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  5. 5

    margaret said,

    i have watch the show on TV but not managed to get the receipt. Thank you so much for sharing it in English as I do not understand Japanese and if I have the opporttunity, I would love to master the language



    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Margaret πŸ˜€

      Actually, I don’t know Japanese, too 😳 …heheh, I had copied the recipe down quickly from the English subtitles. πŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


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