Niku-Jaga (Japanese Beef Stew)
A favorite of ours in Niku-Jaga which Naoki Sekiya made for us. We have remained in contact with Naoki for over 20 years.
3/4 lbthinly sliced raw beef, cut into 1 1/2 inch squares
4 mediumwhite potatoes, peeled, in large cubes
2 mediumonions, peeled, and cut into this semicircles
4 tspcanola oil
1/4 csake or dry white wine
3 Tbspsoy sauce
How to Make Niku-Jaga (Japanese Beef Stew)
- Saute` beef in 2 teaspoons oil for 2 minutes or until browned, then remove from pan along with any meat juices.
- Add 2 teaspoons more oil to pan along with the potatoes and onions; saute` 2 minutes until onions get separated.
- Add water, sake, and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook loosely covered until potatoes re half done. Add soy sauce and the beef along with any juices; bring to a boil again and cook loosely covered until potatoes are quite tender (15 minutes). Serve hot.
- I suggest if you do not use Sake you add 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger along with the soy sauce to give it extra flavor.