How to Make Nikujaga-Japanese Taste

Japan's Favorite Home - Cooked Comfort Food - Nikujaga

by David Canigueral

Main Dish Under 500 calories Contains soy

Nikujaga is a traditional Japanese dish that is very easy to prepare and at the same time very tasty. Nikujaga comes from a combination of two words "niku" and "jagaimo", which in Japanese mean meat and potatoes, respectively.

As the name implies the two main ingredients of this dish are meat and potatoes. Beyond that you can add pretty much any ingredient you want; onion, carrot, chickpeas... Regarding the beef, make sure it has enough fat, otherwise the meat might get dried out.

Another ingredient that matches very well with nikujaga is malony noodles. These translucent noodles absorb the taste of the other ingredients and add a new texture to the dish.

Overview

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Total servings: 2

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • 100g / 3.5oz sliced beef
  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1.5 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Japanese sake
  • 20g Malony dried noodles

Another ingredient that matches very well with nikujaga is malony noodles. These translucent noodles absorb the taste of the other ingredients and add a new texture to the dish.

Malony Noodles

Instructions

Preparing the Ingredients
1) Preparing the Ingredients

Cut the beef and potato into bite-size pieces. Then, cut the onion into wedges.

Cooking the Nikujaga
2) Cooking the Nikujaga

Heat the salad oil in a pot and fry the beef, potato and onion. Then, add just enough water to cover, and simmer the ingredients for 10 minutes.

Seasoning and Simmering
3) Seasoning and Simmering

Add the sake, sugar and soy sauce and bring to a simmer. Then add Malony noodles and simmer them together for 10 minutes.

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