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Nikujaga (Meat and Potato Stew)

This is another of my favourite Japanese home cooking dish. Nikujaga – tender beef with chunky onions and potatoes in a slightly sweet and salty broth. Thinly sliced beef is normally used but I used rolled sliced beef meant for shabu-shabu (hot pot) instead, which doesn’t require additional chopping. The beef cooks really fast so you simmer the dish just until the potatoes are soft to your liking. I had ran out of mirin so I added extra sugar and wine.

(Based on a Harumi Kurihara recipe)

1 lb thinly sliced beef, chopped into bite-size pieces.
2 large potatoes
2 large onions
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups dashi stock
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon sake or Japanese cooking wine
2 tablespoons mirin (or use another tablespoon each of the sugar and the wine)

1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Chop each into 6 – 8 large chunks. Soak the chunks in water for 5 minutes to remove excess starch then drain.
2. Cut each onion in 6 wedges.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet and stir-fry the potatoes for a few minutes. Add the onions and beef and cook till the beef is no longer pink.
4. Add the dashi stock, sugar, mirin, soy sauce and sake to the skillet and bring to a boil before lowering the heat to a simmer. Skim the surface to remove any scum that floats up. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are cooked, 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Add extra soy sauce and sugar, if desired, before serving. Because this dish is salty, it goes well with steamed white rice.


Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Cooking, Food


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Casa Victoria Mooncakes

The Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching. Each year I’m reminded of the festival when I see mooncakes being sold. While I don’t celebrate the festival I do enjoy the mooncakes which is the traditional food of this festival. Last year I shared mooncake purchases with friends so that we can try out different ‘brands’ and find out which one’s the best. This year’s no different because we forgot which one is the one we liked best last year! So far this year I have tried a Hong Kong brand (not a top brand) and two local bakeries’ mooncakes. Today I bought a box from Casa Victoria, an established Chinese restaurant in Markham, and boy, was I impressed with the packaging! It didn’t come in a standard metal tin like all the others. I’ll tell the pictures speak for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 16, 2010 in Food


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Stir-fry Roast Pork with Leek

I cooked leeks for the first time yesterday. I must confess that I didn’t know how to cook leeks so I did some ‘research’ and found that you only cook the white and light green parts of the stem, discarding the thick green leaves at the top. I attempted the simple (and classic) Chinese stir-fry dish of roast pork (siew yuk) and leeks. The sweetness from the leeks and dark soy sauce combined well with the savory roast pork. This dish usually has more leek than pork but mine turned out to be the other way around! Well, my kids and I didn’t mind that one bit.  Here’s my version of the dish: Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Cooking, Food


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Slow-cooker Bolognese Sauce

I mentioned yesterday about a slow-cooker bolognese sauce that I’m going to cook. I stumbled upon that recipe when following a link about Lasagna Cupcakes posted by FoodForTots on her Facebook page.  The recipe came from Framed Cooks‘ blog which took me to her bolognese sauce recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in Cooking, Food


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Last minute dinner switch-up

Up till 5pm I was planning on cooking chicken for dinner. I had a package of half a chicken, cut into pieces, sitting on the counter. It had been thawing in the refrigerator since the night. I still didn’t know what I was going to do with the chicken but chicken it was. However, when I checked on the chicken, it still felt half frozen. Drats. I lost my mood to cook then. But we still need dinner. Drats. At least I didn’t have to rush. We were planning on visiting a couple who just had a baby after dinner but Kip had to work late so it was called off. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in Food


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