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This time refer to "Japanese Sukiyaki".
If you are a Japanese food lover, you might have had sukiyaki. It's a very popular one-pot meal in Japan.
(Common sukiyaki at home.)

The main ingredient is thin sliced beef, and it is simmered in a skillet or pan in the sukiyaki sauce with many vegetables and other ingredients. The word "yaki" means "sautee" or "grill" in Japanese. The word is used because the beef in sukiyaki is sauteed in the hot skillet.

File:Bowl of sukiyaki closeup.jpg
(Closeup of pot.)

The quality of beef used in Sukiyaki is very important. You might want to ask a butcher to slice the tender part of the beef into very thin slices. The best beef for sukiyaki is called "shimofuri" beef in Japan. Shimofuri beef has lots of fat, but it's very tender and is also very expensive.

How to Make Sukiyaki (Japanese Beef Hot Pot)

Sukiyaki is usually cooked at the table, and it's common to eat with others from the same pan. Sukiyaki is a typical menu when people gather together in Japan. It's a fun and perfect dish for a party! All you need to do is cut ingredients and place in a large plate and cook in a skillet placed on the table. You don't have to cook in the kitchen, you can cook while you are eating. In different regions of Japan, sukiyaki is cooked differently.

Cut Ingredients.
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Set the Table.
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Fry Beef Slices.
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Add Sukiyaki Sauce.
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Add Other Ingredients.
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Simmer the Ingredients.
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Start Eating Sukiyaki.
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Beef Sukiyaki Recipe - Japanese Beef Recipe is as follows.


  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef * It tastes better if the beef slices are very thin.
  • A handful of shirataki noodles (made from yam cakes) or cellophane noodles
  • 7-8 shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 block enoki mushrooms
  • 1 medium negi
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage
  • 1 yaki-dofu (grilled tofu)
  • For sukiyaki sauce:
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce / 3 tbsps sake (Japanese rice wine) / 5 tbsps sugar / 3/4 cup water
  • For dipping: 4 eggs


Cut all ingredients into bite-sized pieces. Arrange all ingredients on a large plate and place the plate at the table. Mix soy sauce, sake, sugar, and water to make sukiyaki sauce. Set an electric pan or a skillet at the table. *After this point, everything is done at the table as you eat. Heat a little oil in the pan. Fry some beef slices, then pour sukiyaki sauce in the pan. Add other ingredients when the sauce starts to boil. Simmer until all ingredients are softened. Dip the cooked sukiyaki into the raw, beaten eggs and begin to eat. As the liquid boils away, add more sukiyaki sauce.

By J.S. on Sep 26, 2009



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