Sweet and Spicy Burdock

 
 
Sweet and Spicy Burdock
 
This is the classic Japanese technique for burdock. The key to success with this dish is to cook down the finishing sauce until it becomes a syrupy glaze.
 
Serves: 4 as a side
 
Ingredients
2 medium burdock roots
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
 
Directions
Mix together tamari, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl and set aside.
Scrub burdock with a nylon brush to remove any soil. Whittle thin sticks of burdock, as though sharpening a pencil. Try to keep them a consistent thickness to ensure even cooking. Heat the sesame oil over high heat in a wok or large skillet. Add the burdock and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes until it just softens. Add the crushed red pepper and the tamari mixture. Continue to stir-fry over high heat until the sauce becomes a shiny glaze on the burdock. Serve immediately.
 
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