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Burdock Recipes: Asian Inspired Burdock Meals

Embark on a culinary adventure with our collection of Asian-inspired burdock recipes, celebrating the beloved and versatile burdock root. Asian cuisine has long revered the distinctive taste and health benefits of burdock, making it a cherished ingredient in traditional dishes across the continent. With its earthy and slightly sweet flavour, burdock adds a unique dimension to various Asian-inspired recipes, from stir-fries and tempura to nourishing soups and refreshing salads. Rich in nutrients and known for its potential health properties, burdock has earned a special place in Asian culinary traditions, loved for its harmonious blend of taste and texture.

Burdock: Asian Recipes using Burdock
Burdock: Asian Recipes using Burdock

Burdock, is a biennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia but has since long naturalized in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom. Both its roots and leaves have been valued for centuries for their culinary and medicinal properties.

The burdock root, resembling a long, slender carrot, is a treasure trove of nutrients and flavour. Once harvested and properly prepared, it offers a mildly sweet and earthy taste with a satisfying crunch. When cooked, its texture softens, making it a versatile ingredient for various dishes. The roots can be washed, peeled, and sliced into strips to make delectable burdock crisps, an exciting alternative to traditional potato crisps. They can also be julienned and used in stir-fries, where their robust taste pairs splendidly with an array of vegetables and proteins, adding a delightful twist to your favourite Asian-inspired dishes.

But the magic of burdock doesn't stop at its roots. Its large, heart-shaped leaves are equally edible and hold their own in the culinary world. Young, tender leaves can be harvested and used in salads, where they bring a mild bitterness and a unique, grassy taste. As the leaves mature, their flavour becomes more assertive, making them an excellent addition to soups and stews, providing an earthy depth that complements other vegetables and herbs beautifully.

In this selection of recipes, we invite you to savour the wonders of burdock and explore the art of Asian-inspired cooking, immersing yourself in the cultural significance and culinary delights of this extraordinary root. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds and embrace the essence of Asian cuisine with these delightful and wholesome burdock recipes.

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Kinpira Gobo

Kinpira Gobo is a traditional Japanese dish that features burdock root, also known as "gobo," and carrots stir-fried to perfection. The dish is characterised by its vibrant colours, crunchy texture, and a harmonious blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Thinly sliced burdock and carrots are stir-fried in fragrant sesame oil, then simmered with soy sauce, mirin, and a touch of sugar to create a delectable glaze. The result is a mouthwatering side dish or topping that pairs wonderfully with steamed rice and adds a delightful crunch to any meal. Kinpira Gobo not only celebrates the natural essence of burdock but also showcases the art of Japanese cuisine with its simplicity and exquisite taste.

Kinpira Gobo Recipe


2 burdock roots (approximately 200 grams), julienned

1 carrot (approximately 100 grams), julienned

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon mirin

1 tablespoon sugar

Sesame seeds for garnish


In a large wok, heat the sesame oil over medium heat.

Add the julienned burdock root and carrot to the skillet, and stir-fry for a few minutes until slightly softened.

Mix the soy sauce, mirin, and sugar together in a small bowl, then pour the mixture over the vegetables in the wok.

Continue to stir-fry for another 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are tender and coated in the sauce.

Garnish with sesame seeds before serving. Kinpira Gobo makes a delicious side dish to accompany your main meal.

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Burdock Stir-Fry

Burdock stir-fry is a delicious and nutritious dish that highlights the earthy and slightly sweet flavours of burdock root. Sliced burdock root is stir-fried to a tender yet crunchy texture, and it pairs beautifully with an array of vegetables and proteins. This versatile dish allows for endless creativity, as you can combine burdock with your favourite ingredients to create a well-balanced and yummy meal. Whether it's a colourful medley of bell peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms, or a delectable combination of tofu, chicken, or prawn, the burdock stir-fry offers a delightful fusion of tastes and textures. With a touch of soy sauce and optional seasonings, this dish showcases the simplicity and elegance of Asian-inspired cuisine.

Burdock Stir-Fry Recipe


2 burdock roots (approximately 200 grams), thinly sliced

Assorted vegetables including some young burdock leaves (e.g., bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms) (approximately 300 grams), sliced or chopped

200 grams protein of choice (tofu, chicken, beef, prawn), sliced or cubed

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)

1 teaspoon grated ginger

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


In a large wok or frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Add the burdock slices, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.

Add the rest of the vegetables, budcok leaves and protein, along with the soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), grated ginger, and chopped garlic.

Continue to stir-fry until all the ingredients are cooked through and well combined.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the burdock stir-fry over steamed rice for a wholesome and satisfying meal.

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Asian Burdock Salad

Burdock salad is a refreshing and nutritious dish that brings out the best of this versatile root vegetable. Thinly sliced or shredded burdock root is combined with an array of crisp vegetables such as shredded cabbage, grated carrot, and thinly sliced cucumber. The salad is then dressed with a delightful mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey or agave syrup, creating a harmonious balance of sweet and savoury flavours. Topped with toasted sesame seeds and garnished with fresh herbs like coriander or parsley, the burdock salad becomes a delightful explosion of tastes and textures. This wholesome and palate-pleasing salad not only showcases the unique taste of burdock but also offers a vibrant and colourful addition to any meal.

Asian Burdock Salad Recipe


2 burdock leaves (approximately 200 grams), shredded or thinly sliced

1 cup shredded cabbage (approximately 100 grams)

1 carrot (approximately 100 grams), grated

1 cucumber (approximately 150 grams), thinly sliced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Chopped fresh herbs (e.g., coriander or parsley) for garnish


In a large bowl, combine the shredded burdock, cabbage, grated carrot, and sliced cucumber.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey (or agave syrup) to make the dressing.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss everything together until well-coated.

Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and garnish with chopped fresh herbs before serving.

This burdock salad makes a refreshing and healthy side dish.

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Tempura Burdock Root

Tempura burdock is a delightful Japanese dish that transforms the humble burdock root, or "gobo," into a crispy and irresistible treat. The burdock root is sliced into thin strips and coated in a light and airy tempura batter before being deep-fried to golden perfection. The result is a delectable contrast of textures, with the crunchy outer layer perfectly complementing the tender and earthy burdock within. Served with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, dashi (Japanese fish stock) or vegetable broth, and mirin, tempura burdock offers a delightful umami-rich experience. This traditional Japanese delicacy not only highlights the natural flavours of burdock but also showcases the art of tempura frying, making it a delightful and satisfying dish for all to enjoy.

Tempura Burdock Recipe


2 burdock roots (approximately 200 grams), thinly sliced

Tempura batter mix (store-bought or homemade)

Vegetable oil for frying

Dipping sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup dashi (Japanese fish stock) or vegetable broth

1 tablespoon mirin

Grated daikon radish for serving


Prepare the dipping sauce by mixing soy sauce, dashi (or vegetable broth), and mirin in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large pot to 180°C.

Dip the burdock slices in the tempura batter, making sure they are evenly coated.

Carefully place the battered burdock slices in the hot oil and fry until they turn golden and crispy. Keep warm and fry in batches to avoid overcrowding the oil.

Remove the fried burdock slices with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Serve the tempura burdock with the dipping sauce and grated daikon radish for a delightful Japanese-inspired treat.

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Burdock Miso Soup

Burdock miso soup is a comforting and nourishing Japanese dish that combines the goodness of burdock root with the richness of miso. Sliced burdock root is simmered in a savoury broth, along with other traditional miso soup ingredients like tofu and sliced mushrooms. The addition of miso paste infuses the soup with a delightful umami flavour and adds a depth of complexity to the dish. The result is a warm and hearty soup that not only warms the soul but also provides a wealth of nutrients and health benefits. Bursting with earthy and savoury notes, burdock miso soup is a testament to the harmonious blending of simple ingredients to create a truly satisfying and wholesome culinary experience.

Burdock Miso Soup Recipe


2 burdock roots (approximately 200 grams), sliced or diced

1 block of tofu (approximately 200 grams), cubed

100 grams sliced mushrooms (e.g., shiitake or oyster mushrooms) (approximately 100 grams)

3-4 tablespoons miso paste

1 litre vegetable or mushroom stock

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional)

1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)


In a large pot, bring the vegetable or mushroom stock to a simmer over medium heat.

Add the burdock slices or diced burdock root to the pot and let them cook for 5-7 minutes until slightly softened.

Stir in the cubed tofu and sliced mushrooms and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.

In a small bowl, dissolve the miso paste in a little bit of hot water to create a smooth paste.

Lower the heat and stir in the miso paste into the soup, making sure it is well incorporated.

Be careful not to let the soup come to a boil after adding miso, as it may lose some of its beneficial properties.

If desired, season with soy sauce and sesame oil for extra flavour.

Garnish with thinly sliced green onions before serving. Burdock miso soup is a comforting and nourishing dish perfect for colder days.

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Burdock and Tofu Noodles

Burdock and tofu noodles is a delightful and wholesome dish that showcases the unique taste and versatility of burdock root. Spiralised burdock root and courgette create a low-carb noodle base that perfectly absorbs the savoury flavours of the dish. Tofu, cubed and stir-fried to a golden crisp, adds a satisfying protein element to the noodles. A delectable sauce, made from a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, grated ginger, and a touch of honey or agave syrup, brings an umami-rich and slightly sweet taste to the dish. Garnished with sesame seeds and chopped spring onions, this burdock and tofu noodle dish becomes an appetising and nutritious meal that caters to a variety of dietary preferences. Enjoy this guilt-free and flavourful noodle creation that highlights the wholesome goodness of burdock and tofu, providing a delightful and satisfying culinary experience.

Burdock and Tofu Noodles Recipe


2 burdock roots (approximately 200 grams), spiralized

1 courgette (approximately 150 grams), spiralised

200 grams firm tofu, cubed

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon grated ginger

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup

1 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish

Chopped spring onions for garnish


In a large pan or wok, heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat.

Add the cubed tofu and stir-fry until lightly browned on all sides. Set aside.

In the same pan, add the chopped garlic and grated ginger, frying for a minute until fragrant.

Add the spiralised burdock root and courgette to the pan, stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables soften slightly.

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey (or agave syrup) to create the sauce.

Pour the sauce over the vegetables in the pan, along with the stir-fried tofu, and toss everything together until well combined.

Continue stir-frying for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is evenly distributed.

Garnish the burdock and tofu noodles with sesame seeds and chopped spring onions before serving. This low-carb noodle dish is packed with flavour and nutrition.

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Summing Up

Our collection of Asian-inspired burdock recipes takes you on a captivating and diverse journey through the rich tapestry of Asian cuisine. Celebrating the earthy and subtly sweet flavours of burdock, these recipes present a delightful fusion of taste and texture that showcases the versatility and culinary prowess of this extraordinary root in Asian traditions. From the crispy goodness of burdock tempura to the comforting warmth of burdock miso soup and the refreshing charm of burdock salads, each dish tells a unique story, embodying the cultural heritage and culinary artistry of Asia.

Embracing the art of Asian-inspired cooking, these recipes offer a harmonious marriage of ingredients and seasonings that captivate the senses and bring joy to the palate. With each bite, you can savour the distinct flavours that Asian cultures have cherished for centuries, and appreciate the nourishing properties that burdock brings to these wholesome dishes. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur of Asian flavours or a curious adventurer of new taste experiences, our Asian-inspired burdock recipes invite you to explore the vibrant and diverse world of Asian cuisine.

Through these recipes, you can delve into the essence of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other Asian culinary traditions, celebrating the reverence that Asians have for burdock and its esteemed place in their kitchens. As you prepare and savour these dishes, you'll discover the culinary wisdom passed down through generations, and how each preparation method accentuates the unique qualities of burdock to create delightful and healthful meals.

So, unleash your creativity, embrace the allure of Asian-inspired cooking, and allow the enchanting flavours of burdock to transport you to the far corners of Asia. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, from the vibrant markets of Bangkok to the lively kitchens of Seoul, these Asian-inspired burdock recipes invite you to embark on a gastronomic journey that celebrates the art of blending tastes, cultures, and traditions. Let your taste buds revel in the symphony of flavours, and let your kitchen become a haven for the enticing aromas of Asian cuisine. With each bite, you'll immerse yourself in the spirit of Asia and discover the true magic of burdock in these delightful and memorable dishes.

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