“Nikujaga” is a Japanese home-cooked dish that was born by chance


The dishes that Japanese men have long cited as representatives of the dishes they want their girlfriends to cook”Nikujaga“.
Nikujaga” is meat and potatoes boiled in a soy sauce-based sauce.
It is a very typical home-cooked dish.

The story of the birth of “Nikujaga”.


In fact, “Nikujaga” is said to be a dish that was made by chance.
From the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period, 150 years before baking, a Navy soldier studying in England ate beef stew and it was very delicious.
After he returned to Japan, he tried to reproduce the taste of the ingredients made in Japan.
It is said to be “Nikujaga“.

How to make “Nikujaga”


200g pork
3 Potatoes
1 Carrot
1 onion
1 shirataki (if any)
200ml water
2 tbsp.soy sauce
2 tbsp. sake
2tbsp. sugar
2tbsp. Mirin
1/2 tbsp dashi
I use thin cutting pork.It have gotten from Chinese supermarket.
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Step 1


Cut potatoes and carrots into small pieces

Cut the onion into bite-sized pieces.

Step 2


Lightly wash shirataki, and cut bite-sized.

Step 3

Lightly heat the oil and fry the meat.

Step 4

Add vegetables, shirataki and stir-fry. When the oil is all over, pour in sugar and water.

Step 5


Add seasoning, cover and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes.

Step 6


If the chopsticks pass through the potatoes and carrots, it’s done.

If you season it with commercially available curry roux, you can make Japanese-style curry. Please try it.


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This blog was created with the concept of having many people enjoy Japanese cuisine overseas. Here are some simple Japanese recipes. In addition to that, I would like to tell everyone that Japanese ingredients are available overseas. And I want to spread the fun of Japanese culture to the world.


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