Thursday, November 25, 2010

牛蒡汤 Gobo Soup

牛蒡, greater burdock ( gobō – Japanese ) is the root of Arctium lappa, a biennial shrub of Asterace family, native to the temperate region of the old world, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from the British Isles through Russia, and the Middle East to China.

When gobō found its way to Japan from China in ±10th century, it was widely recognised as healthy food, due to its nutritional values. 

The root is crisp and has a sweet, mild and pungent flavour.

In Chinese cuisine, the root is usually cooked soup.


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