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Unagi Kamameshi

While it’s not exactly a culinary mecca, Texas is loaded with gut bustin’ soul satisfyin’ comfort food. My weekend was filled with elephant sized portions of smokey bbqed sausage, cajun spiced bbq burgers, tender carne asada, and chicken fried steak drowned in creamy gravy, all washed down with margarita’s and Coors light. Gut busted and
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish, Rice
Diet Dairy-Free, Pescatarian


  • 2 cups rice cooker short grain Japanese rice (360 ml or about 1.5 US cups)
  • 1/3 Cup bamboo chopped Japanese (takenoko)
  • 1 2/3 Cups dashi
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon evaporated cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 Cup mitsuba roughly chopped
  • 1 package unagi grilled (eel)


  1. Rinse the rice by filling the bowl containing the rice with cold water then draining and repeat until the water is almost clear. Drain the water using a colander.
  2. In a heavy iron pot with a lid, bring the dashi, sugar, mirin and soy sauce to a boil.
  3. Add the bamboo and rice and let it return to a boil. Cover and turn the heat down to low, cooking until you don't see any more steam escaping, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the mitsuba and unagi on top of the rice, turn off the heat, cover and allow it to steam for 10 minutes.
  5. Break up the unagi and fold it into the rice then serve immediately with some Japanese pickles.