150g sliced beef (may substitute pork or chicken)
3 small potatoes
1 pack shirataki noodles (100g) (*may substitute with glass noodles)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sake (may substitute with white wine)
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp mirin
Peel potatoes and carrots and chop them into small pieces. Peel onions and cut them into wedges. Cutting the potatoes like this makes them less likely to fall apart in the water.
Cut beef into bite-sized pieces.
Rinse shirataki noodles with water and cut them into bite-sized chunks.
Heat vegetable oil in a pot or pan over medium heat, add chopped beef and fry. Remove meat immediately once brown. Over-frying will result in a tough texture, so it is important to remove it quickly.
Put potatoes, carrots, and onions in the empty pan and fry until the surface of the potatoes becomes slightly translucent.
Once the surface of the potatoes has changed in color, add shirataki noodles (or glass noodles) and the previously removed beef. Add water and boil, then remove any frothy films.
The froth will gather in the center, so scoop it out carefully. Watch the heat and don’t let it boil too much; otherwise, the froth will spread.
Add sake, sugar, soy sauce, and mirin, stirring each time. Create a makeshift otoshibuta, or drop lid, by covering the pot with aluminum foil and poking a hole in the center. Boil on low heat for about 10 minutes.
Covering the pot with this lid prevents simmered dishes from falling apart while cooking, and makes it easier for the flavor to soak in.
Boil until about 1/3 of the broth remains. Remove the lid and change the temperature to medium heat. Stir vigorously and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes. Skewer the potatoes. Once your utensil passes through easily, they’re done.
The ingredients will absorb even more flavor if left to cool after cooking. If you have time to spare, we recommend turning off the heat and letting it sit in the broth and cool before eating.
If you let the potatoes boil for too long, they may fall apart in the water. Make sure to cook ingredients for a short time and boil down the broth. You can eat nikujaga with the broth as-is, or together with rice.