Gomoku Chahan Recipe | Japanese Recipes | PBS Food

Gomoku is a Japanese word referring to the five ingredients in this recipe mixed with rice. (Recipe Courtesy: Marc Matsumoto of the Fresh Tastes blog)


Yield: 2 servings



  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2.8 ounces (80 grams or about 2/3 cup) ham , diced
  • 2.8 ounces (80 grams or about 1/2 a small one) onion, diced
  • 1.8 ounces (50 grams or about 1/2 a small one) carrot, quartered and thinly chopped
  • 12 ounces (340 grams or about 2 1/2 cups) cooked short grain rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2.8 ounces (80 grams) frozen peas
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium heat until very hot.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and then the eggs, whisking vigorously to scramble and then break up the eggs. When they're cooked, transfer them to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and then the ham, onions and carrots. Saute until the carrots are no longer crunchy.
  4. Add the rice, crumbling the chunks as much as possible as you add it. Use a spatula to flatten the lumps and then toss the rice to ensure each grain of rice is separate.
  5. When the rice starts making popping noises, add the white pepper and soy sauce and toss to distribute evenly.
  6. Return the eggs and peas to the pan, using the spatula to break up the eggs and taste for salt, adding more salt to taste.
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