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Shio-Kombu & Sweet Potato Rice

Shio-Kombu to Satsuma-Imo no Gohan

Shio-kombu is one of the staple items in my pantry. It’s shredded seasoned kombu (kelp), and I like to toss them in a simple salad or use as a topping over rice, tofu, add to stir-fry, etc. It’s so versatile. My Ginger Shio-Kombu Rice recipe in the DONABE Cookbook is one of the most popular recipes among the donabe fans.

Here’s another donabe rice dish using shio-kombu. It’s Shio-Kombu & Satsuma-Imo Gohan. It’s a simple and delicious donabe rice, cooked with shio-kombu and Japanese sweet potato. As a “guilty pleasure”, after scooping the rice into a bowl, I like to top it with a small slice of butter (this time, I used this special cultured seaweed butter from France) Super good.

Roasted Sweet Potato


My favorite way of eating Satsuma-imo (Japanese sweet potato) is a simple yaki-imo (roasted sweet potato). When I was a child, there were many Yaki-imo trucks which drive around the neighborhood to sell piping hot yaki-imo out of the stone roaster in the back of the truck. It’s no longer a common site in Japan, but you can still spot these driving vendors in the winter time.

I find Roast Donabe is the best tool for roasting sweet potatoes. I’m obsessed with this! Its extra-thick body and sturdy flat lid effectively seal the moisture inside while intensely cooking the ingredients to the core, and takes the roasted sweet potato to a whole new level. The potato becomes nicely caramelized and skin comes right off. I like to put a little butter to enjoy this, but this tastes so good without anything.

You can also make roasted potatoes with Ibushi Gin or Fukkura-san (cooking time may vary).

Steamed Moshio-Salt-Marinated Pork Shoulder

Mushi Moshio-Buta

This dish was inspired by a popular Korean dish, bossam, which I love. In bossam, boiled pork belly block is sliced and served with condiments, and you can make a wrap with a napa cabbage leaf. In my version, I start with a pork shoulder block and marinade it with Moshio (seaweed sea salt) for overnight to a full day. If you don’t have moshio, you can use other kind sea salt, but moshio really makes the flavor so rich and complex, and also tenderize the meat very well. The meat is, then, steamed in donabe, and sliced to serve with lettuce leaves and condiments. You can make it with pork belly, too.

This dish is so simple to make and is also real fun dish to share at a table. All you have to do for cooking is simply put a block of salt-marinated pork shoulder in the Mushi Nabe, and steam for about 30 minutes or until done. When you are entertaining guests, you can pre-cook the meat in advance, and just reheat in the donabe before service. If you slice the meat in front of the guests, it will bring out more excitement. Then, at the table, you can have lettuce and condiments ready, and everybody can make his/ her own wraps. The meat is so tender and flavorful, and it’s pretty hard to stop eating once you start.

Japanese Sweet Potato Rice

Satsuma-Imo Gohan

This is one of my favorite fall-to-winter rice dishes since I was a child. This is such a simple dish, as the main ingredients are just the rice and satsuma-imo (Japanese sweet potato), and they are seasoned very lightly only with salt. The natural sweetness of the satsuma-imo is fully brought out after cooked with the rice, and the texture is nicely soft to work great with the shiny chewy rice. I also love making onigiri (rice balls) with this dish. They taste great hot or room temperature. If you want to add more flavor, you can cook the rice with dashi or even consommé works nicely, too.

Shio-koji Salmon over Butter Sweet Potatoes

Shio-Koji Sake to Satsuma-Imo no Mushi-Yaki

This dish is something I like to whip up especially on a busy day.  While marinating the salmon in shio-koji, I I can prepare all the other ingredients, then just pile them up and let the donabe do all the work. I love the slightly caramelized sweet potato in the bottom, while the salmon is perfectly cooked medium-rare (or you can cook it longer if you like the salmon to be well-done).

Steamed Vegetables (Basic Steaming)

When I first tried simple vegetables steamed in Mushi Nabe, I was so surprised how pure and delicious they tasted. Mushi Nabe cooks vegetables fast and really brings out their natural flavors well. All I need to do is just get the seasonal high quality vegetables I like and steam in Mushi Nabe. Try those vegetable simply with a quick dipping sauce of some sea salt and extra virgin olive oil, or your choice of dipping sauce.

Sweet Potato & Walnut Rice

Satsuma Imo to Kurumi no Takikomi Gohan

Satsuma-imo (Japanese sweet potato) and roasted walnuts bring rich earth and sweet flavors to this dish.

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