Saturday, May 10, 2014

How to Make Nikujaga (Stewed Beef and Potatoes) - Video Recipe

Nikujaga (Stewed Beef and Potatoes) is a very popular Japanese home cooked meal which everyone wants to make 💖

You can make it with Ito Konnyaku (or Shirataki) and other vegetables (such as carrots) but simple is better!!!

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Nikujaga (Stewed Beef and Potatoes)

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 4

800g (1.8lb) Irish Cobbler potatoes
200g (7oz.) thinly sliced beef
1 (200g=7oz.) onion
400ml water
4 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. soy sauce
8 frozen green beans *if you like

1. Peel and cut potatoes into 4~6 pieces, then do Mentori (plane off the corners) to prevent crumbling while cooking. Soak in water for 10 minutes (this prevents the color from changing and removes starch). Change the water if it becomes cloudy.
2. Slice onion into bite-size wedges and separate into pieces. Cut thinly sliced beef into bite-size pieces.
3. Put potatoes and onions in a pot. Add water and put on medium.
4. When it becomes to a boil, turn down to low, and remove any foam. Then simmer on low for 3 minutes until the onions become tender.
5. Add 2 tbsp. of sugar, tilt the pot to mix (do not mix with chopsticks or a ladle or the potatoes will become mushy), then simmer on low for 3 minutes.
6. Add 2 tbsp. of soy sauce, tilt the pot to mix, then add beef little by little. *adding the seasonings half at a time allows the flavor to soak in well.
7. Put on medium, and remove any foam.
8. When the meat is no longer pink, add 2 tbsp. of sugar and 2 tbsp. of soy sauce (tilt the pan to mix), then cover with Otoshibuta (drop-lid) and simmer on medium low for 10 minutes. *add a bit more soy sauce and/or sugar as needed.
9. When the potatoes are cooked, tilt the pot and cook until the liquid is almost gone.
10. Serve in a small bowl and garnish with boiled green beans if you like.

Irish Cobbler potatoes soak the flavor very well and won't become soggy.
May Queen potatoes are okay, too.


Similar dish you may want to try:
Simmered Potato Pork Roll

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