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Do you enjoy Japanese home meals with my recipes? I hope so! Today, I introduce one of my family’s favorite dishes. It’s called Nikujaga in Japanese. “Niku” means meat (and it’s usually Japanese beef for this dish) and “Jaga(-imo)” means potato. Other than Japanese beef and potato, there are carrot and onion. As for color and texture, I usually add green beans and Shirataki as well. Shirataki is made of special potato starch and has jelly texture. The main nutrition is fiber so you can easily be full. Cooking process is so easy. You can just cut ingredients into bite-size pieces and simmer them with seasonings.

Nikujaga is known as an important Japanese home meal. It’s a bit funny but it is said that if young women she can cook this dish very well, she is ready for getting married. What an interesting and important dish! Good luck, everyone!?

Ingredients (4 servings):
4 Potatoes  *medium-size
200g Sliced Japanese beef
½ Onion
½ Carrot
1 Tbsp (15ml) vegetable oil

[Optional]
8 bundles of Shirataki *Jelly made of special potato
4 strings Green beans

(A)
4 Tbsp (60ml) soy sauce
3 Tbsp (45ml) sugar
1 Tbsp (30ml) sake

Directions:
1. Cut all the vegetables into bite-size pieces.
*Wash the bundle of shirataki very well, if you have.

2. Cut the onion into 7 to 8 mm wedges.

3. Heat the vegetable oil and add the beef and (A). Cook until all the sauce covers ingredients.


4. Add the vegetables and put the lid.


4. Steam it for around 20 minutes with medium heat. Stir occasionally.


5. After it cooled down and absorbed the flavor, it’s DONE!

 

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