Hyorogan Military Rations

The Hyōrogan (兵粮丸) rations from the Rodanshu (老談集), written in 1846 by Yamamoto Kansuke, was something that I had made back in 2013 when I was working in demolitions, and then in arbourism. The whole recipe cost about $100 CAD, stored like Timbits, and tasted rather decent. I had almost exclusively ate them for a month with little degradation to my physical performance.

The recipe from Luke’s notes

The Recipe

  • Hakurogan (White Pennisetum Alopeculoides)
  • Glutinous Rice – 900ml
  • Rice – 900ml
  • Lotus Pips – 15g
  • Japanese Yam – 15g
  • Cinnamon – 15g
  • Coix Seed – 15g
  • Asiatic Ginseng – 15ml
  • Crystallized Sugar – 900g

Mix the above with water and kneed well and steam in a basket steamer. Make small balls and consume five to seven of these a day. It is also beneficial to give them to horses.


Hyorogan in their final form.

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