Ingredient in the Spotlight: Sansai Mix (Mountain Vegetables)


Sansai mix is healthy mix of vegetables. The kanji for sansai(山菜)is the combination of mountain (山) and vegetable (菜). It is usually a mix of seri (Oenanthe javanica) which is part of the parsley family, takenoko (bamboo), zenmai (Japanese fern plant), enokitake (Flammulina velutipes) and kikurage (Auricularia auricula).

Sansai mix usually comes in a bag filled with water. It will keep for a while but it should be refrigerated.
Ingredient in the spotlight-Sansai Mix

Drain before using.
Ingredient in the spotlight-drain sansai

I’ll be using this sansai mix in my sansai gohan this week. It’s also commonly used in sansai soba, sansai udon, and nimono dishes but you could do all sorts of stuff with it such as a vegetable kakiage, sansai pancakes with a potato batter or even use it in pasta dishes.

Naomi Kuwabara
Naomi Kuwabara was born and raised in California but spent many summers in Japan growing up. She has spent time living in Hokkaido and Osaka, both meccas for Japanese cuisine. Her passion is cooking and sharing her experiences cooking Japanese food with others. Her blog Umamitopia is about her experiences cooking Japanese food. Her greatest inspirations are from her mother and grandmother. Her cooking adventures can be found at
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