Very Adaptable [Basic Recipe] Takikomi Gohan

Very Adaptable [Basic Recipe] Takikomi Gohan

This is my base recipe for 'takikomi gohan' (rice steam-cooked with ingredients), which is very popular among my friends. This recipe is adaptable, so try mixing in other ingredients.

Ingredients: 2 rice cooker cups worth

Basic Takikomi Gohan
White rice
2 rice cooker cups worth (360ml)
A. Mentsuyu Recipe ID: 1388458, or use store-bought
40 ml (2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons)
A. Mirin
12.5 ml (2 1/2 teaspoons)
A. Sake
12.5 ml (2 1/2 teaspoons)
A. Kombu for dashi stock
6 x 10 cm piece
A. Water
285 ml
A. Chicken stock (made properly from chicken...or use water instead)
50 ml
B. Aburaage (blanched in boiling water and julienned)
1 piece
B. Burdock root (shaved into thin pieces and soaked in water)
to taste (I use quite a lot)
B. Shiitake mushrooms, carrots etc. - whatever vegetables you like
to taste
Dashi stock granules
1/4 teaspoon
For the 5-ingredient chicken rice
Chicken thigh meat
1/2 to 2/3 piece
C. Usukuchi soy sauce, to pre-season the chicken
1.5 tablespoons
C. Mirin to pre-flavor the chicken
1.5 tablespoons
See Hints re: mentsuyu sauce
I have modified the recipe from 5-ingredient chicken rice to any kind of 'takikomi gohan'


1. Rinse the rice well and drain in a fine mesh sieve. Leave for at least 90 minutes to drain thoroughly.
2. Put the A. ingredients in a bowl and set aside. I use frozen chicken soup that I have stocked, but you can use water instead.
3. Cut up the B. ingredients into easy to eat pieces. Drain off any excess moisture.
4. Put the drained rice from Step 1 and the Step 2 ingredients in the rice cooker, and soak for 30 minutes.
5. The total of the Step 3 ingredients is a bit less than 400 ml, so it's just the right amount of liquid for 2 rice cooker cups of rice.
6. If you have drained the rice properly in Step 2, the liquid should be enough for the rice cooker '2 cup' line
7. After Step 4 (soaking for 30 minutes), add the dashi stock granules and mix in. Mix the rice at least once.
8. Add the cut up ingredients from Step 3 to the rice cooker, switch the cooker on and cook as usual.
9. To make the 5-ingredient chicken rice: Cut the chicken into easy to eat pieces and combine with the C. ingredients. Let rest for 30 to 40 minutes.
10. Don't let the chicken sit for too long or it will become too salty.
11. Grill the chicken over an open flame until lightly singed on the outside. The chicken can still be raw inside, but this open-flame quick grilling adds a lot of flavor. You can skip this step if you prefer, and the rice will still be fine.
12. If you don't have access to an open flame to grill the chicken, leave as-is but pat the surface dry with paper towels.
13. Attention: If you don't pat the marinated chicken properly dry, the rice will become too salty.
14. Add the dashi stock granules and Step 3 ingredients (the same as Steps 7 and 8 above), plus the vegetables and chicken (either surface-grilled as in Step 9 or patted dry as in Step 10) to the rice cooker, and cook as usual.
15. The rice is cooked! Mix it up using a cut-and-fold motion with your rice paddle, leave to rest in the cooker for another 10 minutes, and it's done.
16. This is the 5-ingredient chicken rice. If you can grill the chicken, it will have a nice grilled taste and be really delicious!
17. Here, I use a Staub 16 cm diameter cocotte to cook 1.5 rice cooker cups of 5-ingredient chicken rice. The color differences in the photos are just because of different lighting conditions.
18. For how to cook the rice in a Staub pot, see Steps 22 onwards.
19. Here I just added burdock root and aburaage, and mixed in some simmered shiitake mushrooms when the rice was cooked. This is delicious.
20. Whatever vegetables, meat, etc. you add to the rice, this is a very well flavored takikomi gohan, so it's good for onigiri rice balls. It also goes well with nori seaweed.
21. Simmered shiitake mushrooms, which are also used as an accompaniment to somen or cold udon noodles, are also great with this.
22. To make 2 rice cooker cups of rice in a 20 cm diameter Staub pot, follow the same steps, just cook in the Staub pot instead of a rice cooker.
23. For Step 7 above: start cooking with the Staub over medium heat. When the edges of the liquid start to bubble, adjust the heat so that the flames aren't peeking out from under the pot.
24. When big bubbles rises to the surface, cover the cocotte with a lid. Set a timer to 1 minute.
25. I added the additional ingredients without flavoring them, since I mix the simmered shiitake mushrooms in later. Otherwise, add them as specified in Steps 14 and 18.
26. After 1 minute has passed, turn the heat down as low as possible. Set the timer to 9 minutes.
27. After 9 minutes, turn the heat off and leave the pot with the lid on for 12 minutes. Do not open the lid until the 12 minutes are up!
28. After 12 minutes, the rice is done. I added the simmered shiitake mushrooms from step 25 here and folded them into the rice.
29. For this version I used really cheap imported matsutake mushrooms, but was still really delicious. The burned bits of rice on the bottom are the best! I think everyone would like this.
30. Recipe ID: 1388458 "Concentrated All-Purpose Mentsuyu - For Somen, Udon, and Soba " is packed with bonito dashi stock flavor, and is delicious as a noodle dipping sauce!
31. To use this as a somen noodle dipping sauce, use 1 part mentsuyu concentrate to 2.5 to 3 parts water.
32. My mentsuyu sauce concentrate is a 1:3 concentrate. If you use commercial mentsuyu, use one with the same concentration.
33. I use this handheld blowtorch. It's less than 2000 yen and is very useful.
34. This is Recipe ID: 2246516, Manila Clam Seasoned Rice. It has a refined white dashi stock base. Please try it if you like.

Story Behind this Recipe

At the moment (since last year), I've been measuring out and writing down the recipes I've been making for ages just by eyeballing and relying my taste.
I'm doing it for myself, as well as my family and friends, and uploading the recipes here.
I've been a fan of flame-grilled chicken ever since I had it some time ago at a restaurant in the Kitashinchi district of Osaka.