Japanese Rice Bowl with Minced Tofu and Burdock (In Japanese)   
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Brown Rice
3 cups brown rice
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt

Minced Tofu & Burdock
1 block firm tofu
100 grams burdock
5 grams ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
½ cup water

Condiments & Garnish
1½ tablespoon miso
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
Garden peas
Red ginger

  1. Wash the brown rice. Place the rice in a bamboo strainer and check for small stones and rice grains that still have husks and remove the stones and the husks.
  2. Measure 3 cups of brown rice and place it in the rice cooker. Add in 4 cups of water and add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Put the lid on the cooker and let the rice cooked.
  4. It takes about 40 minutes for the brown rice to cook.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the minced tofu and burdock.
  6. Cut the tofu into thin pieces and place them in a bamboo strainer to drain the water.
  7. Shave the burdock into slivers.
  8. Turn on the heat. Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in the pan.
  9. Add in the tofu pieces in the pan. Crumble it into smaller pieces.
  10. Keep the tofu cook until the water in tofu evaporates and it dries out.
  11. Meanwhile, start boiling garden peas.
  12. Add some salt, then place the peas in the pot.
  13. Stir the tofu from time to time and then put the tofu into a bowl.
  14. To maintain the green color, blanch the peas in cold water after boiling it.
  15. To cook the burdock, pour 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a pan.
  16. Put the burdock in and stir fry.
  17. To reduce the harsh taste, stir-fry at high heat. The smell is emerging. When the smell begins to subside, this means that the harsh taste has dissipated.
  18. Turn down the heat to low. Add half a cup of water. Increase the heat and cook the burdock until the water completely evaporates. Stir them from time to time.
  19. Meanwhile, cut the garden peas crosswise.
  20. Grind the ginger and put it into the burdock pan. Stir it one more time.
  21. Add in the tofu, and then add the mixture of miso and a spoon of soy sauce and water. Stir it.
  22. The tofu topping is done.
  23. To serve, put the rice in a bowl and then arrange the tofu topping.
  24. Add in the ginger as preference, arrange the garden peas on the side.
  25. Ready to be served.

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