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Gomoku-mame Simmered Beans and Diced Vegetables

Gomoku means several mixed ingredients. Healthy gomoku-mame simmered beans and vegetables typically includes soybeans with root vegetables. Often made in advance and kept chilled for a few days, this is a type of pre-cooked side dish referred to as jyobi-sai, also popular in bento lunch boxes.

(per serving)

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 1/2 C dried soybeans, about 100 g / 3 1/2 oz.
  • 1,200 ml / 5 C water
  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 100 g / 3 1/2 oz. burdock root
  • 100g / 3 1/2 oz. carrot
  • 1/2 block of konjac, 100 g / 3 1/2 oz.
  • Kombu, 4 × 4 cm / 1.5 × 1.5 in.
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 2 T Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • *1 C (U.S. cup) = approx. 240 ml; 1 T = 15 ml; 1 t = 5 ml


  1. 1

    Rinse the soybeans and soak overnight in 1,200 ml / 5 C water in the refrigerator.

  2. 2

    To reconstitute the dried shiitake, soak for one hour in enough water to completely cover the mushrooms. Drain, then discard the tough ends; cut the mushrooms into pieces 7 mm / 0.3 in.

  3. 3

    Scrub the burdock with a brush. Cut in half lengthwise (or, if very thick, cut in quarters lengthwise), then into pieces 7 mm / 0.3 in.

  4. 4

    Peel the carrot and cut into cubes about 7 mm / 0.3 in. Cut konjac into 7 mm / 0.3 in cubes. Parboil in a pot for one minute, then drain.

  5. 5

    Dampen kombu with water to make it easier to cut; using kitchen shears, cut into pieces 7 mm / 0.3 in.

  6. 6

    In a saucepan*1, place soybeans in water to barely cover them, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to low heat and continue to simmer for about one hour until soybeans are softened, while skimming off foam (see photo). While simmering, top up with water if necessary to barely cover soybeans.

  7. 7

    To the already simmering soybeans, add shiitake, burdock, carrot, konjac and kombu. Simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

  8. 8

    Add granulated sugar and simmer for 10 minutes; add soy sauce and simmer another 10 minutes. Increase to medium-low heat and continue to simmer until liquid has almost evaporated, then remove from heat.

  9. 9

    Before serving, allow the saucepan to cool so the flavor of the various seasonings can penetrate into the ingredients.

  1. *1Saucepan diameter 18-20 cm / 7-8 in.

Recipe by Kikkoman Corporation

Vol. 30

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