sansai gohan (with recipe)


paul, elijah and i spent a week in ontario this summer. we went to visit our family and friends there.

we went to georgian bay, kingston and ottawa. it was a very busy schedule, but we managed to get a few hours in toronto to visit one place we really wanted to go – J-town!

J-town is a little japanese mall in the suburbs in toronto. there are a few small shops, and a grocery store, and a restaurant. i bought a lot of japanese books and groceries, things that i can’t usually buy in canada.

best of all, i found a package of sansai (mountain vegetables)! it’s been a long, long time since i ate sansai. sansai gohan and sansai soba are my favorite.

since elijah was born, i’ve learned to prep supper after eating supper the night before. this way, i don’t have to spend as much time in the kitchen in the evening, when elijah usually turns into mr. fussypants :D

recipe for sansai gohan

  • 3 cups rice
  • 660ml water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 Tbsp sake
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 200g sansai
  1. wash rice and soak in the water for 30 minutes
  2. boil sansai in hot water and drain
  3. put rice and water in the rice cooker
  4. add sugar, soy sauce, sake and salt and mix well
  5. place sansai on top of the rice
  6. cook until it’s done.

you can add dried shiitake and fried tofu if you like.

Author: yuka

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5 thoughts on “sansai gohan (with recipe)”

  1. My rice cooker and I are not friends. I recently had to buy prewashed rice because for some reason either my rice isn’t draining enough or I was putting too much water because it was coming out mushy. :( I can only make rice in a pot if it’s not prewashed. I’m weird. Good recipe though, trying to get my husband to eat more vegetables.

  2. really? you are opposite of me! i always burn rice when i cook it in a pot. canadians ask me how to cook rice in a pot and i don’t have an answerrrrr, cause’ i’ve never seen people making rice in a pot in japan! the rice you used might have been newly harvested rice. they tend to require less water, i think.

    yeah, sansai is really tasty and good way to include lots of veggie in a meal, but you can’t get that in saskatoon. i’m down to the last package so i’m waiting for a special day.

  3. That’s so funny! Actually, I’m not surprised most of the Japanese I know use steamers. I had too little money so I became an expert at using the pot. My new rice steamer also bakes cakes which I found comical. ^-^

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