Beef Shigureni is a quick & extremely flavourful stewed dish – perfect for lunch. This is not your usual stew of course, the beef is gently simmered for just 30 minutes in a potent seasoning liquid of sake, mirin & soy sauce – ecstasy in a bowl!
Remember my Japanese landlady? Well, as simple as this recipe is, she was one difficult lady to please – too dry, too hard, too soft!
“Shigure” means a quick or intermittent shower. So this beef shigureni is so named because it’s a quick stew. Although I have heard it said that the name also describes the quick shower of flavours that hit you with the first mouthful, either way, it really is a dish you must try for yourself!
Perfect as a simple lunch with a bowl of steamed rice and salad. I have this at least once a week, perfect way to up my protein intake on gym days!
- 500g thinly sliced beef (I get my butcher to do this)
- quarter tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp sake
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 3" fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 250ml water
- Lightly marinade the beef with the pepper and half the mirin & sake for 10 minutes
- Place all the ingredients apart from the beef, in a saucepan & bring to a boil.
- Add the beef, bring back to boil then simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Take the lid off & simmer for another 10 minutes until most of the sauce has reduced. You'll be left with a small amount of delicious, to die for sauce.