Masaharu Morimoto's Sukiyaki

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Masaharu Morimoto's Sukiyaki
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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known throughout the world for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients and techniques, has several family Christmas traditions that he developed while growing up in Hiroshima, Japan:
"My traditional holiday dish to make and eat with my family is Sukiyaki, which is a one-pot soup or stew that is usually cooked at the table as you eat with family and friends. The typical ingredients are beef, vegetables, and tofu,, which are simmered at the table in a shallow iron pot of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. On Christmas night, my family would get together and eat Sukiyaki which is always a great memory for me. When I was little, beef was really expensive, so my sister and I would always fight over the beef in the dish! It's funny to look back on now, and eating Sukiyaki with my family is one of my fondest memories."

4
Servings
443
Calories Per Serving
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Notes

*Other recommended vegetables: broccoli, carrots, onion, daikon radish, kale, bean sprouts. Try any other vegetables of your preference!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound thinly sliced beef (for chicken, cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 package shirataki noodles (made from yam cakes) , washed and drained, cut into 3 inch lengths *Optional
  • 8 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, cut in half.
  • 1 pack of enoki mushroom, the bottom trimmed *If you cannot find enoki, regular mushrooms, cut in halves, are fine
  • 1 bunch of scallion, washed and cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage, washed and cut into 2 inch wide pieces  *Green cabbage is fine, too
  • 1 pack yaki-tofu (grilled tofu) or firm tofu, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bunch of shungiku* (chrysanthemum greens), washed and cut into 2 inch lengths *if available
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions

Slice the yaki- tofu in half horizontally and cut into bite-size cubes. Place a large sauté pan on a medium heat. Lightly oil the pan. If you use firm tofu, grill the pieces on the pan, turning once, until brown on both sides for about 2 minutes per side. Let them cool.

Put water into a medium saucepan over a high heat and bring to a boil. Add the shirataki and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 minute to lightly cook, then drain and rinse under cold running water. Set aside.

Choose a shallow pot, preferably ceramic, which can go from the stove to the table. Or use a chafing dish. Pour soy sauce, sake, sugar, and water into the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add beef and sauté for 1 minute. Add Chinese cabbage, tofu, mushrooms, other vegetables, and return the liquid to a boil. Add the reserved shirataki noodles. Cook for 5 minutes.

Transfer the pot to a table and serve. Please be careful for the hot pot. For family with children, serve into individual bowls before serving.

*If you want to see a professional version of Sukiyaki recipe, check my cookbook “Morimoto The New Art of Japanese Cooking” on page 142, “Chicken Sukiyaki”.

Sukiyaki Shopping Tip

Plan your meal accordingly, brown rice takes about twice as long to cook as white rice.

Sukiyaki Cooking Tip

Rice is a staple of Asian cooking – for a more nutritious rice dish, reach for brown rice at your grocery store, it has a high protein and fiber content.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
28g
43%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
31%
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Protein
38g
76%
Carbs
14g
5%
Vitamin A
411µg
46%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
5.9%
Vitamin B6
0.8mg
38.6%
Vitamin C
42mg
70%
Vitamin D
0.5µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
3mg
17%
Vitamin K
1001µg
100%
Calcium
647mg
65%
Fiber
6g
23%
Folate (food)
73µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
73µg
18%
Iron
6mg
33%
Magnesium
179mg
45%
Monounsaturated
11g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
11mg
55%
Phosphorus
450mg
64%
Polyunsaturated
8g
N/A
Potassium
1102mg
31%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
28.5%
Sodium
343mg
14%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
18%
Trans
0.1g
N/A
Zinc
4mg
26%

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