Takikomi-gohan is a Japanese-style pilaf. It is a traditional Japanese dish that originated about 1,500 years ago. That is why there are so many varieties, and in Japan, recipes are cooked differently depending on the season and region. However, the base is basically the same. It uses soy sauce and sugar and is surprisingly simple. In this issue, we will introduce a classic recipe.



  • Servings:2
  • Ready In:10min
    (waiting time 40~60min)
  • Calories:250kcal
  • Good For:Morning/Dinner


  • a bamboo shoot
  • a carrot
  • a ginger
  • 3 tbsps soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps mirin (sweet sake)
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1 tbsps Japanese soup stock
  • 6 cups rice
  • a little Japanese  parsley (Mitsuba)


You don’t have to use Japanese parsleys. Try serving with your favorite foods. If you discover a combination that was delicious, please let us know! 

Column 1.

What`s a bamboo shoot?

For those who want to know more about bamboo shoots, this is a must-see! You can also learn how to prepare them!

Column 2.

What`s soy sauce?

If you want to know more about soy sauce, this is a must! Here is a list of places where you can find soy sauce!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Cut pre-cooked bamboo shoots into bite-sized pieces. Peel carrots and cut into thin strips.

Step 2

Place the sharpened rice in the rice cooker or in a pot. Add all ingredients (except mitsuba) and enough water to cover everything.

Step 3

If using a rice cooker, cook the rice in the cooking mode. If using a pot, let the rice cook over medium-low heat with the lid on for 10 minutes, then steam for 30 minutes.

Step 4

When the rice is cooked, place it on a plate and decorate the top with Japanese parsley leaves!

Recipe Video ↓


The calories of bamboo shoots is about 30 calories. It also has a good balance of salt and sugar. So it is healthier than eating just rice. If you add chicken or burdock to it, it will be more nutritious.

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