Our Sukiyaki Dinner

Posted: November 21, 2010 in !! YOUTUBE VIDEOS !!, Foods

Sukiyaki is one of those dishes that are just perfect for icy cold days.

The pot of soup boils on the table while you eat, so not only does the soup itself warm your soul…..also the heat from the stove itself warms the room!

Here’s our last sukiyaki dinner party!

And here is some sukiyaki info relating to the video. Only read this if you happen to want more info on any of these topics:

Sukiyaki is usually avoided by foreigners….because eating sukiyaki also involves eating raw egg! Eating raw egg is considered pretty safe by the Japanese. It:s very rare for someone to get sick. I am not sure why this is….perhaps it is in the way the eggs are handled. I am always reluctant to eat raw eggs in the USA but I feel pretty safe doing it in Japan. I guess that:s because VS and Vtec and their families have been doing it for so long and they have never known anyone who got sick from them. I looked up some data for salmonella rates and it appears that the rates are pretty similar for the USA and japan, both at around 0.5% if the sources were accurate. So, even though the Japanese eat a lot of raw eggs, the rates are still the same.

Of course….i always start with eggs I bought THAT day. Just in case. And I crack them carefully to minimize contact with the outer shell of the egg.
But that doesn:t mean there is no risk.

However, if you want to try this and are scared of the eggs…you can use a double boiler and bring the eggs up to 160F to kill any salmonella present. Cook them similar to how you melt chocolate. It takes some practice to bring them to this temperature without cooking them.

VS mentions ‘Rosanjin style sukiyaki’. You have probably heard the term *rosanjin scholar* on the TV show *the Iron Chef*.

Kitaoji Rosanjin was a chef who lived from 1883-1959. He focused particularly on flavor and was very picky about the preparation of food. To work in one of his restaurants you had to take a test which involved preparing food at rosanjin’s own house. He is often called cantankerous and eccentric.

He is legendary in japan…and is called the mentor of *chairman kaga* on Iron Chef.

Sukiyaki is usually made with shirataki noodles, but VS despises them. So I use kudzu noodles or harusame noodles. I prefer them anyway, coz the shirataki noodles will make beef tough if cooked side by side, so using kuzu or harusame eliminates this problem.

Also cabbage is often used instead of Chinese cabbage and regular onion could be used instead of long onion. Firm tofu will work as long as it is firm enough to boil without breaking up. You can add other ingredients you like as long as they match the soup and you can omit any you don’t like.

You could substitute white wine or sherry for the sake/mirin if you added a bit more sugar to the recipe. It will be a different taste, but not hugely so, and it should still be good. Also a bit of lard would do for the suet. About a tsp or tbs.
You can precook it on the stove and then put the pot in the middle of the table if you don’t have a portable stove….but it:s just not as good that way lol. I think camping sections of stores sell the portable gas stoves.

I do not give a recipe because they are all over the internet. I don’t really measure when I make mine anymore so I recommend using a recipe off the internet. You just mix up sake, mirin, soysauce, water, and lots of sugar. Melt the suet in the pot and add the other liquids. Let it boil a bit to remove the alcohol and then it:s ready to be used. It:s a very easy recipe and great for days you just don’t want to cook.
Also, commercial sukiyaki soups are available for purchase. If you have never tasted sukiyaki I recommend ordering some premade soup from an asian supplier or from the grocery store to get a feel for what it should taste like.

Will you eat raw eggs? Will you lick the bowl when you make cakes even if there is raw egg in the batter? Will you drink egg nog? Would you down some like Rocky??

  1. Ciaela says:

    Nabe seasonnnn. Ryu and I are doing 名古屋’s famous 赤から鍋 tonight. We’re excited for the spices to make our noses run. :))))

    • Project Van says:

      that:s that ホルモン stuff right? Do they have other stuff besides intestines lol.

      Actually ive never tried that sorta stuff so i dont know that i would hate it but….yeah.
      There is a restaurant in shinjuku i think…hmmmmm…

      Is it good?

  2. ビデオを見たからお腹がすいたよ!卵も食べたいよ。

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