Gobo Salad

Gobo is known as burdock root in English. It is a fibrous vegetable seldom used in North America and Australia, but you can find it at most Asian groceries. This salad is popular way to eat gobo. Many izakaya restaurants serve this salad as an appetizer in Japan and you can also buy it at supermarkets or delis.
Yield: 2 people
Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/4 lb gobo
  • 1/2 carrot (1/5lb)

  • 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise, such as Kewpie
  • 2 tbsp ground white sesame
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar

  1. Wash gobo with water and remove the skin with a carrot peeler or the edge of a knife. Repeat with carrot.
  2. Shred gobo and carrot into thin strips.
  3. Put the gobo in a sauce pan with enough water to cover the gobo. Bring to a boil.
  4. When it is boiling, keep it on for one minutes.
  5. Then add carrot and boil for another minute.
  6. Strain gobo and carrot then cool.
  7. Mix all spices in a small bowl (mayonnaise, sesame, vinegar, soy sauce and sugar.
  8. Mix gobo and carrot with mixed sauce, and serve.

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