Nikujaga (肉じゃが) (meaning meat-potato) is a Japanese dish of meat, potatoes and onion stewed in sweetened soy sauce, sometimes with ito konnyaku and vegetables. Generally, potatoes make up the bulk of the dish, with meat mostly serving as a source of flavor. It usually is boiled until most of the liquid has been reduced. Thinly sliced beef is the most common meat used, although minced/ground beef is also popular. Pork is often used instead of beef in eastern Japan.
Nikujaga is a common home-cooked winter dish, served with a bowl of white rice and miso soup. It is also sometimes seen in izakayas.Nikujaga was invented by chefs of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the late 19th century. The story that Tōgō Heihachirō ordered naval cooks to create a version of the beef stews served in the British Royal Navy was devised as part of an ongoing campaign beginning in 1895 to promote the city of Maizuru, Kyoto, which hosted an Imperial Japanese Navy base where Tōgō was stationed, as the birthplace of nikujaga.The municipal government of Kure, Hiroshima, responded in 1998 with a competing claim that Tōgō commissioned the dish while serving as chief of staff of the Kure naval base
OK, so now everybody knows what Nikujaga is. Its basically a meat-potato stew. Very easy to make, taste delicious (if you like sweet), and japanese enough to brag about! Guess the Island Nation wasn't all about raw fish, huh?
Here's what you need :
1. Meat (Either Beef or Pork)
3. Additional Ingredients you may want to add (Carrots, Onions, stuff like that)
For the sauce/soup :
1. (Japanese Shoyu, or just normal) Soy Sauce
4. Mirin or Sake (both are a type of Japanese alcoholic beverage, but Mirin is lower on the scale) or skip both and went for Teriyaki sauce
5. Optionally, you can add Honey as well.
2. a Pot
3. a Ladle/Spoon/Whatever you need to stir the stew
Now all accounted for? Good! Notice how I didn't add any measurement? I didn't use one either. I believe that cooking is very subjective, so I left the measurement to your taste! How much sugar, etc, etc to put in.
So now for the cooking part! Steps you need to know :
1. Make the sauce; put everything in a bowl ( I prefer the Soy Sauce/Water measured about 1/3 or more water since the Soy Sauce could be a but strong) and stir until it was mixed well. Make sure the sugar was mixed well!
2. Cut the beef/pork, Potatoes, Any-additional stuffs to your taste, but not too big.
3. Saute the meat on medium fire until they turned brown
4. Put in the sauce and the rest of the ingredients. Let it simmer on e low heat until the potatoes become tender / soft.
Tips : If you're making this for kids who hated Potatoes/Carrot/Anything Heathy, try boiling them until they turned very, very mushy. That way it wouldn't taste as strong.