Tuesday, August 7, 2007


S's mom cooked this great Japanese dish called sukiyaki for us last week. It's cooked at the table top in a big cast iron pot with butane as the fuel. You get all the ingredients ready and simmer them in a particular order, and then add them to a bowl that contains a stirred raw egg. You eat them with this egg coating on their own or over rice. Then at the end, you drink the remaining broth in the cooking pot as a soup at the end of the meal. We cooked three batches. It was so delicious! As you can see it requires special equipment.

serves 4

bolgogi beef or small boneless rib roast, thinly sliced
shiitake mushrooms, dried and fresh
onion, sliced
spring onion, sliced into 3 cm pieces
suey choy (napa cabbage)
enoki mushrooms
harusame noodles
soft tofu, sliced
soy sauce

Before cooking:

  • Boil four dried shiitake mushrooms in water in a small saucepan for about 10 minutes or until soft. Separate and save both the broth and the shrooms.

  • Put the rice on.

  • Prepare the meat. S's mom can buy pre-sliced beef that's sliced at the right thickness and sold for bulgogi (a Korean dish) in an Asian grocery store in Calgary called T and T here. But she told me you can also buy a small, marbled, boneless rib roast, and freeze it for an hour or so until stiff but not completely frozen. Then you slice it in this partially frozen state as thinly as you can.

  • Finish the broth and pour it in a jug to bring to the table. To 1 C of the mushroom broth, add 5-6 Tbsp sugar and about 1/2 C soy sauce. Top up with water to give at least 2 C total of the sauce. You should notice a bit of sweet but not too much. Same with the salty flavour. They should be balanced.

  • Slice the veggies and put them on a plate. Slice the cooked shiitake and about 8 fresh ones. Use other veggies, too, like enoki mushrooms, and slice onion, spring onions, carrots, suey choy or napa cabbage, thinly as in the photo below. Don't use brocolli or peppers in this dish. The veggies you use need to keep their shape but should also not be too strong a flavour for the broth.

  • Prepare the harusame noodles. Soak them in hot water until they sink down. We used a diameter of noodles that roughly equalled the size of two quarters for 4 people.

  • Slice the soft tofu.

  • Put a chunk of butter in the tabletop cooker and start the butane.

At the table:

  • Each person gets two bowls - one is filled with rice and the other has a stirred raw egg.
    Add the broth and the meat to the tabletop cooker first. Cook a few seconds and then take out and add to your bowl with the stirred egg. Coat the meat and eat it first or put it on top of your rice.

  • Add the rest of the veggies to the tabletop cooker and cook a few seconds.

  • Dig in with your chopsticks and fish out the things you like best!


Anonymous said...

Sukiyaki is so good. I had it the first time just a few days ago after seeing an article on Vancouver sun weeks ago as well. I couldnt believe how good it was. A place called Posh. Check it out. www.303-posh.com; Recommended by the Sun.

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