February 27, 2010

Mom's Sukiyaki


Wow, it's been over 3 months since my last post. And so much has happened since! I had planned on finishing my posts about my US/Canada road trip but haven't even gotten halfway through that. (I do plan to finish that series someday soon!) Well, as John Lennon said, life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Anyway, here I am, another effort to revive this blog. And I'm pretty excited, albeit more than a little overwhelmed, to tackle all the backlog of posts in my head. One tiny step at a time and I'lll get there somehow. To celebrate a new year of blogging, I'm starting with one of my all-time favorite meals, my mom's sukiyaki. It's a family favorite and for good reason. It's usually made on the weekends when everyone is home and it's one of those meals that actually has the power to make you change your lunch or dinner plans, should you have made any, in favor of a meal at home with a big (big!) bowl or three of mom's sukiyaki.

It's absolutely delicious! I usually like to add more mushrooms and tofu then the recipe calls for because they're my favorite ingredients in this dish. And if your family is like ours, you'll need to make 2 batches of the broth to keep everyone happy. We just can't get enough of it!
Mom's Sukiyaki


1/4 kilo tenderloin sliced very thinly
3/4 Tbsp. Kikkoman soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups beef broth
3/4 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
3/4 cup mirin or Japanese sweet rice wine
about 8 pcs. shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water and cut in half
2-3 cakes of firm tofu - cubed
2 large onions quartered
1 pc. carrot sliced into thin rounds
2 stalks leeks chopped
5-6 Chinese cabbage (or Baguio pechay) cut into bite size pieces. Separate the stalks from the leaves
50 grams glass noodles or sotanghon, soaked, and drained and cut but not too short.
1/4 cup butter
1 tbsp. olive oil


Marinade beef in 1 tbsp. of soy sauce 1 tbsp. of sugar.
Pour the beef broth into a bowl then mix in the remaining soy sauce, sugar and rice wine.
Heat butter with a little oil in a wok. Stir-fry the onions until transparent and push aside. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry then push aside.
Stir-fry the beef slices until barely pink. Then pour in the beef broth and add the tofu.
When broth starts to boil, add the carrots, the cabbage stalks and leeks and let cook for about a minute. Lower the heat then drop the noodles and cabbage leaves and simmer for 5 mins.


ChichaJo said...

Hello Nens!!! :) So nice to see you here again! And with such deliciousness too :) Looking forward to more!

MZMackay said...

Hey Nens! So nice to see both you and ChichaJo reviving your blogs. Alas, The Knittymommy is no more... for now at least.

Sukiyaki is one of my favorite dishes. Thank goodness I can get all the ingredients for it here and I don't even have to compromise. So this is certainly one of regular family dishes.
Yours looks great!

I can't wait to see what more you have in store for the Gypsy Soul.

christine said...

So nice to be back, Jo! I miss hanging out here. :)

Oh no, Mieke, why no more? Not forever I hope? I had no idea since not only did I stop blogging for so long, I haven't had the luxury of blog-hopping either. Sukiyaki is one of my favorite dishes too! :)

Katrina said...

I was so happy and excited to see you back, Nena! I can completely relate -- not only have I not posted any of my photos in about a year, but I also haven't been reading many of my favorite blogs. Some blogs have 200 unread posts!!! I hope I can make this year more productive than the last one. :-)

tony londra said...

wow! this dish looks delicious, I am trying this tonight.

christine said...

Hi Katrina! Same here. When I opened my Google Reader I was shocked at the amount of unread posts! So I cleared them all and started to trim my feeds. Have to be more realistic I suppose. :)

christine said...

Hope you like it, Tony!

Alice Van-Weed said...

this sukiyaki looks yummy..i really really love soup dishes..

chiechay20 said...

Just tried your recipe tonight, it tasted great. I need to add more soup though. The amount of soup wasn't enough for all the meat, veggies, and noodles.

Thanks so much for sharing this!

Can canned beef broth be replaced with beef broth cubes diluted in water?

woman said...

Your picture looks ever so yummy. Will definitely try it!

y8 said...

Hi Katrina! Same here. When I opened my Google Reader I was shocked at the amount of unread posts! So I cleared them all and started to trim my feeds. Have to be more realistic I suppose. :)

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