Kinpira

An incredible dish. Translating to mean "saute and simmer", kinpira-style cooking is very vitalizing; vegetables sauteed over high heat and then simmered to tender perfection. Burdock is the most strengthening root vegetable known to man. Where it grows, nothing else grows for about 4 feet all around. If burdock encounters rock in its growth path, it grows right through it, making it a very centering, strengthening vegetable. Burdock helps us focus and take aim at our goals. Very strong, burdock needs the gentle, sweet taste of carrots to balance its strength.

Heat sesame oil in a heavy skillet. Saute burdock until well-coated with oil, about 2 minutes. Spread burdock evenly over skillet and top with carrots. Do not stir. Add water to just cover burdock only, cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Season lightly with soy sauce and simmer until any liquid that remains has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir well before transferring to a serving platter.