Niku means meat, "jaga-imo" means potatoes in Japanese. This dish is one of the most popular comfort food in Japan. Ingredients can be different for each region and family. My mother made this dish a lot when I was in Japan. One of my favorite mom recipes! This dish has very rich soy sauce and sweet flavors.
Ingredients (2 plates):
- 2 potatoes
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 5 snap peas
- 150g (0.3 LBS) of thinly beef or pork
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon of *Hondashi
- 1.5 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of *Mirin
- 2 tablespoons of *Sake
- 3 tablespoons of *Soy sauce
*Hondashi is bonito soup stock powders.
*Sake is an alcoholic Japanese rice wine which is made by fermenting rice.
*Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine with a lower alcohol percentage, and sweeter than Sake.
*Soy sauce is basically made from fermented soybeans, wheat, salt and water. It is a very famous ingredient, especially in Asia.
->See picture A.
Here is how to make it at home. Cooking time is about 30 - 40 minutes.
- Cut potatoes, carrots and thin meat into bite size chunks. Slice onion. Slice snap peas diagonally.
- Preheat vegetable oil in a pot with medium heat. Stir potatoes, carrots, and the onion for about 5 minutes. Add water and *Hondashi in the pot and bring to boil without a lid.
- Add thin meat in the pot. Skim the scum off the top occasionally.
- Add sugar, *Mirin and *Sake in the pot. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add *Soy sauce in the pot and simmer without the lid for about 15 minutes.
- Add snap peas and simmer for 3-5 minutes. -> See picture B.
7. Put Nikujaga into a bowl or a plate.