Sukiyaki is one of my favorite comfort foods and is the perfect way to stay warm on a cold winter night. Even better is how good it tastes. Even better than that? How easy it is to make at home! Join me later today as I cook it with you live! Hope to see you in my kitchen!
We’re hosting another Cook with Pat today and this time we’re making Sukiyaki!(すき焼き)
There are plenty of warm comfort foods eaten in Japan during the winter.
And this is one of them.
Really, the hardest part?
At least for me, is chopping the vegetables.
That’s all there is to it really.
Just don’t chop your finger.
Just the vegetables.
After that, it’s just mixing in some ingredients to make the sauce!
And your dinner will be ready in no time.
All you need is a bowl of rice! Or….. udon noodles~
Where does the name Sukiyaki come from?
Back in the Edo period, it’s said that farmer’s cooked tofu and fish on their tool suki（ 鋤）
A suki I guess is like a spade and they held it over the fire to yaki (焼き）cook their food.
Hence, the name sukiyaki!
You can add whatever you fancy to the pot and it will probably all taste good. BUT!
The most common ingredients include vegetables, tofu, shirataki noodles, and meat.
For the vegetables, you can’t go wrong with napa cabbage and onion!
Though big and leafy, once napa cooks down it’s soft and easy to eat.
And the onions are a good way to add depth and complexity to the overall flavor profile.
The tofu add their it’s own unique color and texture to the mix, as well as, a healthy source of protein.
The beef adds plenty of meaty flavor as well as fat.
The shirataki noodles are also a fun bunch.
They’re squigly and chewy.
They don’t smell so hot out of the bag, but once you drain and cook it’s not at all noticeable.
Last, the other goods I usually like to put in are eggs and green onions.
Raw egg is my favorite but raw egg consumption isn’t that common in the US.
So eat at your own risk!
How to make Sukiyaki
You can make it on the stove like I did or if you have a table top electric stove, do that too.
A portable gas stove works as well, but it’s a bit more cumbersome. I mean, do you really want to be using gas canisters when you have a stove?? Not me! :0
The best part about using the electric stove is eating at the table when it’s super hot.
I do that when I go to my parents house.
The other good thing about it is that you can refill and keep cooking more vegetables.
Since I don’t have one of those, I just make my sukiyaki on the stove and serve it in a bowl.
Just do whatever works for you!
Here is the link to the replay – I had some technical difficulties so I apologize if you had issues when trying to join or participate!
My sukiyaki recipe can be found below.
Hope you get a chance to try it!