+ MAITAKE GOHAN / rice with maitake mushrooms +

MAITAKE GOHAN

One of my family’s favorite rice dishes, especially my hubby’s. 
Whenever he goes grocery shopping and loads our fridge with a pack of MAITAKE mushroom, I take it as his quiet request for me to cook him MAITAKE GOHAN, and so I do! 
The secret of its rich flavor is the dash of sesame oil, so don’t forget! 

+ A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT JAPAN +

MAITAKE GOHAN
MAITAKE or the “hen of the woods” mushroom are said to be so good that you start dancing from joy when you eat them, hence given the name “MAI”= dance, “TAKE”= mushroom.
“Shun” (good season) of MAI TAKE in Japan:  October ~ November.   

INGREDIENTS(serves 5 to 6):

3 GO* or 480grice
1 packMAITAKE mushroom
1 tspnKOMBU DASHI powder
3 1/2 tbssoy sauce
2 tbsSAKE (cooking liquor)
1 tbsMIRIN (sweet wine)
1 tbspsesame oil
*GO= Japanese rice measuring cup/ 1 GO = about 180 ml

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Rinse rice and drain through a sieve.  Transfer to a heavy, tight-lidded pot or a rice cooker.
  2. Make a mixture of 600ml (500ml for firmer rice) with powdered KONBU broth, soy sauce, SAKE, MIRIN, and water.  
  3. Pour mixture over rice and let it sit for about 30 minutes for the rice to soak in the broth.
  4. Trim off the hard stems of the MAITAKE mushrooms, split them into bite size portions and place them on the uncooked rice.
  5. Drizzle 2 to 3 circles of sesame oil over rice and cover the pot or start the cooker.
  6. Place pot over high heat and bring to boil. Once the pot is boiling and steaming, reduce heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes.  Turn off the heat and let sit for about 10 minutes for the rice to settle.
  7. Stir and mix gently (untangle the rice!) with a rice paddle or wooden spoon and serve.

READY TO COOK ??

You can shop everything you need from below to create the recipe in your kitchen.
You can find the links to the more commonly used, more widely available food ingredients here but if you wish for something organic or more authentic, please refer to “About Ingredients” page.

maitake mushroom

powdered seaweed broth/ dashi

soy sauce

rice wine / sake

sweet rice wine / mirin

sesame oil

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Comment

    • Mizuho Yamashita
    • November 15th, 2021

    いつも楽しく拝見しております。
    わが家では先に炒めてから、一緒に炊き込んでいます。
    色々な方法があるので今度試させていただきます♪

    • MIZUHOさん、
      いつもありがとうございます!
      確かに炒めてから炊き込むバージョンもありですね♪
      私も次回は炒めてからバージョンやってみます!!

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