Maze Gohan

A simple Japanese dish, Maze Gohan (maa-zah goh-hahn) may be served as part of a Japanese meal, or with a salad for lunch followed by a light fruit dessert. Canned ginko nuts can be bought at most Oriental food stores, but if you cannot obtain them, you can omit them without spoiling the dish.

1 large dried mushroom, soaked for

30 minutes in cold water and drained

2 carrots, scraped and sliced

1-inch piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, trimmed and chopped

12 canned ginko nuts, drained

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon, sake

1 teaspoon salt

12 oz. long-grain rice, washed, soaked in cold water for

30 minutes and drained

½ pints water

4 oz. fresh peas, shelled

4 oz. cooked shrimps, shelled

A mixture of vegetables, ginko nuts, rice and shrimps, Maze Gohan is a tasty Japanese dish. Serve it as part of a Japanese meal, or on its own.

Chop the mushroom finely and place it in a large saucepan. Add the carrots, ginger, celery, ginko nuts, soy sauce, sake, salt and rice.

Pour in the water, place the pan over moderate heat and bring the water to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.

Stir in the peas and shrimps and cook the mixture for a further 8 to 10 minutes or until the peas are cooked and the shrimps are heated through. If the mix-ture becomes too dry add a little water.

Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture to a warmed serving dish. Serve at once.

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