7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Sukiyaki in Japan

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Sukiyaki in Japan

Although “Sukiyaki” song has become popular all over the world for ages, it might not be as well known how to enjoy it. Sukiyaki is considered rather a rich meal and often served at a special occasion. Here are some tips on how to enjoy eating sukiyaki. Bon Appétit!



 

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Sukiyaki in Japan

 

1. Enjoy the Taste of Beef!

The reason that sukiyaki is considered rather a “rich” meal is because of beef. There are a lot of ingredients including vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu, but the main delight for Japanese is the thin sliced beef. So usually, we use the richest and the most expensive type of beef called Shimofuri.

 

2. Boil it or Stir it!

There are two ways to cook sukiyaki depending on the region. On the east side of Japan, we cook sukiyaki with broth called “warishita.” Beef and vegetables are cooked in broth adding a flavor in the soup. On the west side of Japan, we stir fry beef with sugar and soy sauce, and add vegetable later. This way, you can enjoy the strong taste of beef also flavored on vegetable.

 

3. Try the Light Taste with Chicken!

Although beef is the most popular meat used in sukiyaki, it is also popular to eat “torisuki” which is sukiyaki with chicken. For those of you who are conscious about weight or health, this is a great way to enjoy sukiyaki. Since it is considered a special meal, like beef, we use special chickens. Often called “jidori,” they are raised on the ground instead of broiler and are fresh and rich in taste.

 

4. Dip into a Raw Egg!

It is not only sushi that we eat things raw. Yes, raw eggs. And it is a tradition to dip the sukiyaki ingredients into a raw egg. When you order sukiyaki, each of you will be served with an egg. Break it into a small bowl also served for each person, and when the dish is ready, dip it! The reason behind this tradition is to soften the strong taste of beef. Also since both beef and raw eggs were considered very nutritious in old days, they tried to eat them together to stay healthy.

 

5. Eat from the Same Pan!

Unless you are eating by yourself, you will be served in a big pan. In Japanese, there is an expression that if you eat from the same pot (or a pan), you are like a family. Since you are eating with others, it is also a great opportunity to learn about humbleness. Don’t take all the beef, but ask others if they would like another piece. Usually, there will be a few ingredients left to show the humility, but there is a good way to eat them all which I will explain in the next section.

 

6. Enjoy until the last drop!

When you are satisfied with eating all the meat and vegetable, it is time to enjoy the sauce left on the pan. The most popular way is to either put udon noodles or rice, and stir fry with the rich taste of the left over sauce. The left over ingredients as mentioned above, can also be part of this last dish.

 

7. Cook it in Your Home Country!

Now that you have enjoyed until the last drop of the sauce, you will miss it when you go back to your country. But don’t worry. Sukiyaki is not so difficult to cook at home. All you need are; sliced beef, onions, cabbage (Chinese cabbage is better), mushrooms, tofu, and konyaku (in many countries this is sold as “healthy spaghetti”). For the sauce, you only need to prepare sugar, soy sauce, and sake (or white wine). Put these into a pan and stir fry them like you did in Japan, and you have sukiyaki ready at your table!

 

Conclusion

Now that you know the insights about sukiyaki, you are ready to go into one of the restaurants for the rich taste. There are many restaurants that serve sukiyaki, now not only the expensive ones but also reasonable restaurants. Get together with friends and eat from the same pan!

 

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Sukiyaki in Japan

1. Enjoy the Taste of Beef!
2. Boil it or Stir it!
3. Try the Light Taste with Chicken!
4. Dip into a Raw Egg!
5. Eat from the Same Pan!
6. Enjoy until the last drop!
7. Cook it in Your Home Country!