Gomoku Treasure Rice, #SundaySupper

Potluck suppers are like the Miss America beauty pageant. As the evening progresses a few cooks emerge as popular choices. Their contributions are devoured with nods and smiles.

I’m attending my first tailgating potluck party (a virtual one!) at Twitter for #SundaySupper. (Scroll down for details.) As I made my Japanese go (chess) game inspired rice dish called gomoku gohan, I recalled the wise words of my Top Potluck Chef friend, Takako-san. “The trick to Japanese cooking is preparation.” (Guess the French have got it right with their mise en place – putting ingredients in place for cooking.)

Gomoku rice - laden with a treasure chest of tasty ingredients.

Indeed, gomoku rice, which is filled with a treasure chest of yummy ingredients, is super easy once the preparation is complete. Sliced shitake mushrooms and carrots are sliced and plunked into rice splashed with sake wine and soy sauce. Autumn forest aromas and images of fairies dancing around mushrooms emerge as a symphony of rice bubbles in dashi soup and kombucha (kelp) tea. Do you have flavors and foods that evoke fond memories of fall?

Gomoku Treasure Rice

Go means five in Japanese but the dish is by no means limited to five ingredients. Gomoku was inspired by the Japanese chess game of go. At the beginning of the game five stones are set on the board. As the game progresses more stones are accumulated. So start with some basics like dashi soup, kombucha (kelp) tea, soy sauce and sake wine and add ingredients you treasure to your gomoku rice. In Japan, cooked chicken is often included. The Ninja Baker's gomoku is adapted from a recipe seen at Cookpad.com.

  • 6 medium dried shitake mushrooms
  • ½ cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • ½ cup cubed konyaku yam cake (shirataki noodles are a fine substitute)
  • 1 age fried tofu pouch, thinly sliced and chopped (fried tofu can also be used)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 cups rice (preferably short grain)
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup liquid drained from soaked mushrooms
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hondashi (powdered dashi) soup (chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes will also work)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon kombucha kelp tea

Soak the dried shitake mushrooms in water for 30 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Do not discard the liquid. Drain the liquid through a paper towel lined strainer into a bowl. Cut the mushrooms into thin slivers.

Boil water and make kombucha tea.

Warm the sesame oil in a pan over low to medium heat. Stir-fry the carrots, corn, mushrooms and tofu.

Into a rice cooker, place the 4 cups of rice plus the water, liquid drained from the mushrooms, sugar, hondashi, soy sauce, sake wine, tea and the stir-fried ingredients. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. (50 minutes in the Ninja Baker’s rice cooker.) If you don’t have a rice cooker, this recipe should work well with rice made on a stovetop.

Our Sunday Supper host Lane, from Supper for a Steal, is the queen of coupons and connoisseur of seasonal cuisine.  She's organized a tailgate party with recipes from Top Potluck Chefs. Love to have you join us!

Sunday Supper Movement Warm Ups (Appetizers):

Game Time (Main Dishes and Sides): Overtime (Drinks and Desserts): Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here ? Sunday Supper Movement. « Last Edit: Today at 08:23:02 AM by Lane @ supperforasteal »

A smiley shamoji rice ladle stands ready to scoop up the Ninja Baker's gomoku
treaure-filled rice.

Wishing you lots of cheers for touchdowns by your hometown team
and for the Top Chef  in your kitchen.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.



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