Cooking in English With Julian - Kamameishi

When people have busy schedules, it is difficult to make time to cook. Most people tend to go to a restaurant or a convenience store to eat their dinner. Going out to eat all the time can get expensive, so I like to buy groceries for the week and cook meals at home. My favourite dish that I like to make that is fast and easy is kamameshi. It is a famous one pot dish that requires very little time to prepare. Here is a quick way to make it.

Serves 3 to 4 people:

  • 1 medium carrot

  • ½ burdock root stick

  • 3 cups of rice washed

  • 3 ½ cups of dashi

  • ½ cup light soy sauce

  • ¼ cup mirin

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

In a pot

  1. Saute the burdock root and carrot with sesame oil and 1 tbsp canola oil for 2-3 min

  2. Add light soy, mirin, and dashi and rice to the pot

  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 min with a lid

  4. Serve hot


In a rice cooker

  • Put everything in the rice cooker and set to mixed rice setting.


  • Simmer - boil on very low heat; 煮る
  • Burdock root - ごうぼ
  • Sesame oil - ごま油
  • Saute - cooking food in a fry pan with hot oil; 炒め
  • Mixed rice setting - rice cooker option; 炊き込み
  • Lid - flat cover for pots - ふた