Have you ever heard of sukiyaki? This is a traditional Japanese dish consisting of meat and vegetable fondue. Sukiyaki is cooked in a pan over a stove on the dining table and consumed as the ingredients are ready. Sukiyaki is popular especially in winter and on festival days, symbolizing a gastronomic moment that brings family and friends together.
Here at this article, we show you how to make Japanese sukiyaki step by step in photos. The ingredients of sukiyaki vary depending on the region of Japan, however, this is essentially a dish of raw meat cut into thin slices (beef and/or pork), vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, chard, watercress, bean sprouts, leeks, mushrooms …), tofu, pasta, among others.
If you feel like getting to know the traditional Japanese sukiyaki recipe, check out all the details below and gather family and friends at the table to enjoy!
Steps to follow to make this recipe:
1. Prepare the sukiyaki with meat cut into very thin slices. A trick to achieve this is to place the meat in the freezer for 30 minutes and then cut the strips 2-3 mm thick, using a very sharp knife.
Tip: Another option is to buy meat for sukiyaki already cut. Where to buy meat for sukiyaki? Look in the frozen section.
2. Apart prepare the vegetables: peel the onions and cut into slices or wedges. Cut the leek stalk into small pieces and the tofu into cubes. Clean the mushrooms and shungiku, parsley or cilantro and drain the bamboo shoots.
3. Also prepare the sukiyaki broth: put the coffee, soy sauce (shoyu), hondashi, rice honey and mirin in a pan. Bring to a boil and turn off. All the sukiyaki ingredients are ready!
Tip: If the broth is too thick or tastes too strong, add a little water.
4. Take the pan to the table, put the oil or butter in it and wait for it to melt. Fry a few slices of meat for 1-2 minutes, place small portions of the remaining ingredients, in ‘mounds’, and cover with the broth prepared in the previous step. Leave on the fire until it boils, without stirring.
Tip: How to prepare sukiyaki? Use an electric cooker for Japanese cuisine, a special pan for sukiyaki or a pan that can be used on a stove.
5. Place a raw egg in each person’s bowl of sukiyaki and lightly whisk. When the vegetables are ready, everyone at the table can help themselves by taking food directly from the pan and placing it in the bowl with the egg.
Tip: As the food is consumed, add more portions cooking in the broth, without having to add more broth. Do not put all the vegetables at once, so that they do not pass the point.
6. As an accompaniment to sukiyaki, serve Japanese white rice (Gohan), which should be eaten on a separate plate (sukiyaki is not thrown over the rice) and miso soup. Prepare this delicious sukiyaki recipe, a traditional recipe, at home and let us know in the comments what you think. Enjoy your food!