Sukiyaki! Even if you don't know what the name means, just pronouncing it (with the exclamation mark) sounds like so much fun and excitement. The easiest way to describe a sukiyaki is that its basically a sweet flavored Japanese hotpot, perfect for sharing with your friends.
Step 1: Materials
- Sliced beef
- oyster mushrooms
- shiitake mushrooms
- mini brown mushrooms
- an egg
- napa cabbage
- green bean sprouts
- sukiyaki soup base: buy it whole, or mix sake, mirin, soy sauce and sugar.
(Wash everything other than egg and meat)
Step 2: Cutting
- Cut cabbage into inch-chunks
- cut tofu into 1 cm thick slices
- slice oyster mushrooms in half
- chop green bean sprouts
- chop onion into large chunks
- cut 4 thin slices of ginger
- beat the egg into a bowl
Step 3: Sear the Meat
Add some vegetable oil to a hot pan, and throw in the beef to sear for a few minutes. The purpose is to lightly brown the meat so that it doesn't release blood into the soup.
Step 4: Set the Plate
In a large frying pan or (more preferably) cast iron hotpot:
- lay the ginger and small mushrooms in the bottom
- add sections of napa cabbage, oyster mushrooms and tofu
- make a ring of bean sprouts on top
- place the meat in the center
- place shiitake along the bean sprouts
- pour half bottle of sukiyaki sauce, add 4 cups of water
Step 5: Cook and Eat
- Cook on high and cover the pan with lid to reach boil
- boil for 3 minutes lid on (set heat to medium so that it doesn't spill)
- set a tabletop range on the dinning table
- place the sukiyaki pan o the table, keep it boiling as you dig in!
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