Sukiyaki

I don’t know why, but I’ve had a craving for sukiyaki from a few months ago. Although I’ve tried to make it at home, it just didn’t come out as good. Therefore, sukiyaki was on my list of must-eats in Japan.

Making sukiyaki is really quite easy. You’ll need a portable gas burner so everyone can gather around the table and help themselves to the hot pot. Here is what you’ll need to prepare:

  • Thinly sliced beef
  • Vegetables: Chinese cabbage, ねぎ scallion or green onion
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • しらたき Shirataki
  • Tofu
  • Shoyu, sugar, sake
  • Raw eggs (for dipping)

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Start by heating the pot, and add shoyu, sugar and sake. Throw in all the other ingredients (except the egg) and simmer.

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The key is the balance of flavors. If the hot pot gets too salty or sweet, you can add just a little water. If there’s not enough flavor, you can add a little more shoyu and sugar. You should not have to add much water though, as the veggies will contribute moisture to the pot.

Sukiyaki is not complete without the raw egg for dipping. Scramble a raw egg in a bowl and once the items in the pot are cooked, take what you want and dip in the egg. Enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Sukiyaki”


  1. 1 sachi March 11, 2009 at 1:34 am

    love the recycle bins!!!

    MISS JAPAN

  2. 2 sachi March 11, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Takahashi Seinikuten is the best!

  3. 3 MCAT March 15, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I think Kansai style sukiyaki is better and employ this method when I make sukiyaki.

    First, you put in beef fat and broil a couple pieces of beef. You get the beef extract out and then pour in the shoyu, sake and sugar and the veggies.

    • 4 honolulueats March 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

      Oh yes, you’re right. I don’t know if it’s exclusive to Kansai, because remember, we used to do that too (the piece of lard comes with the sukiyaki meat) when we made sukiyaki. For some reason, Mom didn’t do that this time.

  4. 5 SIL4 April 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    my mom make sukiyaki all the time. yum! her latest is what she calls mushroom sukiyaki where she has like 3 or 4 different kinds of mushrooms (i think she started doing this because dean loves mushrooms and figured he must also love sukiyaki since he’s japanese–lol). anyway, i LOVE this dish. so clean tasting and healthy. we should make it some time!

    • 6 honolulueats April 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm

      SIL4 We missed you at our last family dinner! I didn’t know Dean loves mushrooms. Guess who else loves mushrooms? Like brother like brother.


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