Here is a Japanese version of a beef stew which is simmered in the classic Japanese seasonings of soy, sugar, sake and mirin. The stew ends up with a really nice blend of sweet and salty which works surprising well. It’s is easy to make, tasty and makes a hearty warm meal. In Japanese, this dish is called ‘Niku-Jaga’but I call this Mick Jagger!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon oil
600g beef (thinly sliced or cut into bite sized pieces)
1 onion (sliced)
2 cups potatoes (or pumpkin cut into bite sized pieces)
1 carrot (cut into bite sized chunks)
2 cups water or beef stock
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon mirin
1 spring onion (sliced)

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the beef and brown on all sides.
3. Add the onion, potatoes/pumpkin and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
4. Add the stock/water, soy, sugar, sake and mirin, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Serve garnished with sliced spring onion and a smile.

Oiishi (Japanese for delicious!)

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