What’s Niku-jyaga? Niku is meat in Japanese and Jyaga is potatoes. Well,, you will know the rest of the details when you see the cooking directions below… This is the one of the most common home cooking in Japan. Also represented as おふくろの味/mom’s taste of cooking. For those who have been away from his or her family and missing mom’s taste would definitely love to eat this dish. This time I have slightly changed seasoning part. I wanted to add more complexity to the flavor. By adding Japan’s very well known seasoning “miso” mixing with ground white sesame, it’s become so tasteful stew! Just in case you don’t have miso.. that’s OK. You can still enjoy mom’s home cooking by simply increasing the soy sauce! The most important thing is,, DO get in side the kitchen and give it a try!! ; )
[ Ingredients ]
200g sliced pork
*you can substitute beef, lamb or even ground meat!
1.5 tablespoon white miso
*you CAN use other kinds of miso such as red or mixed but start with less amount.
3 tablespoon white sesame
[ seasonings A ]
1.5 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1/2 tablespoon sugar
[ Directions ]
1. Peel potatoes and cut into 8 pieces or so..
2. Peel carrot and cut into small piece by “rangiri” meaning,, rolling carrot by each cut so you can make irregular shape on purpose.
3. Slice onion.
4. Cut sliced pork into 2~3.
*Substituting ground meat is also a great choice.
5. Prepare the stew seasonings mixture. Grind white sesame by coffee grinder or whatever that makes sesame power.
6. Put miso & ground sesame into a bowl.
7. Add all the seasonings “A” into another bowl.
8. Heat up a stew pot add about 1/2 teaspoon of oil and add sliced pork stir fry over medium heat. And add some salt and black pepper to taste.
9. Cook until meat changes the color and add onion.
10. Also add carrot and potato.
11. Keep stir frying until the onion gets translucent.
12. Add about 2/3 of seasoning mixture from step 7.
13. You can leave about this much,,
14. Put a lid on the pot and simmer until carrot soften on low heat.(approximately 15~20minutes)
15. Pour the rest 1/3 seasoning mixture into the miso & sesame powder and mix well.
16. Check on the carrot see if it’s already soft. If yes, you can proceed to the next step!!
17. Pour the mixture from step 15. into the pot.
18. After letting boil for 30 seconds or so, shut off the stove.
Sprinkle some chopped green onion and sesame as you serve!
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