October 11, 2014

Gomoku Mame (Five-Item Beans)/五目豆

Gomoku mame is another comfort food for most Japanese.
Go = Five
Moku = Item (ingredient)
Mama = Beans
In gomoku mame, mame means soybeans, and you don't necessarily use exactly five items to make this dish. Common items include konnyaku, shiitake, carrot, renkon (lotus root), gobo (burdock root), and kombu.
Note that store-bought gomoku mame is rather sweet, and in fact, simply too sweet for my taste. I can't blame the manufacturers, though, because sugar is a natural preservative.

The other day, I was lucky enough to get a pack of boiled soybean for half the price, so I decided to make gomoku mame. 

I googled for a good dashi, soy sauce, and mirin ratio for gomoku mame, to find a ratio that sounded good: 7:1:1.



Cut each ingredient into 1-cm dice, except boiled soybeans.
Soak konnyaku in hot water for some time to remove the odor.
Put all ingredients in a pot, add dashi, soy sauce, and mirin, boil to a boil, and simmer for 10-15 min. until done.

Frozen shiitake, konnyaku,
Kombu for making dashi, carrot, boiled soybeans


9895039531 seeandoh said...

Mr. Hiroyuki, Can you give me your e-mail. I want to show you some mushrooms I saw during my trip last week to a hill resort in my state. I see some wild mushrooms here but I am afraid to eat them without knowing if they are poisonous.

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Hiroyuki said...


But don't expect me to give you a definitive answer.

9895039531 seeandoh said...

No problem. You are an expert on many species of Mushrooms. May be you have an answer. Thank you Mr. Hiroyuki. I will send you the pictures.

Hiroyuki said...

seandoh: I do hope you take my caution seriously. Mushroom gathering is a joyful hobby but must not been taken lightly.