Takikomi gohan is a soy sauce flavored rice dish cooked with and mixed with ingredients like vegetables and meat. It's a popular home cooking dish in Japan.
There are tasty traditional but a little more complicated recipes out there, but for lazy cooks like me, here is my super simple takikomi gohan recipe.
-3 cups rice, washed and drained
-Chicken stock - as much as you add water when you cook regular white rice
-3 tbsp soy sauce
-3 tbsp sake
-3 Shiitake mushrooms, sliced or cut into small pieces.
-1 1/2 cup carrots (or as much as you like), peeled and sliced and cut into small pieces
-2 aburaage, cut into small pieces
Cut vegetables and aburaage. Add chicken stock in the washed, drained rice, then add soy sauce, and sake. Add carrots, shiitake, and aburaage on top of the rice. Cook. Wait. Eat. Yum!
People normally use dashi water by adding konbu (seaweed) instead of chicken stock. I used chicken sock because I wanted to use up some stuff that has been sitting in our pantry and thought it would add extra flavor to the rice. ;)
You can always substitute ingredients. For example, you can use diced chicken instead of aburaage, or use other kind of mushroom instead of using shiitake mushroom.