Japanese  Beef


Cooking time: Approx. 35 minutes

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Shabu-shabu is one of Japan’s representative hotpot dishes, in which thinly sliced beef is stirred in broth several times to cook, and enjoyed with a dipping sauce. Typical sauces are ponzu sauce and sesame sauce. Here, we introduce 2 types of refreshing ponzu sauces and a rich sesame sauce. The sesame sauce may be substituted by a sesame dressing.

Ingredients(Serves 2)

  • Chuck roll and top-round of Wagyu Beef, thinly sliced
    amount as desired
  • Vegetables of your choice (green onion, Chinese cabbage, shiitake mushroom, etc.)
    amount as desired


  • 1,500 ml water
  • 50 ml sake (or wine)
  • 8 cm kombu seaweed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp black pepper

[B:Standard ponzu soy-sauce sauce]

  • 100 ml soy sauce
  • 50 ml rice vinegar
  • 50 ml mirin
  • lemon juice, amount as desired

[C:Sesame sauce]

  • 100 g sesame paste
  • 200 ml water
  • 50 ml soy sauce
  • 30 g sugar
  • 10 ml miso
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

[D:Fruity ponzu soy-sauce sauce]

  • juice of 1 grapefruit (180 ml)
  • 50 ml soy sauce
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • dash of mirin


  1. 1.Put water and kombu seaweed in a pot and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  2. 2.Add all ingredients besides water and kombu seaweed into the contents of step 1 and bring to a boil.
  3. 3. When Soup [2] simmers, turn the heat down. First, sway sliced meat few times in the soup, then eat with a sauce of your choice. The meat should not be overcooked, and can be best enjoyed when its color is pinky-white.
    After finishing meat, remove the scum floating on the soup, and start cooking hard-to-cook ingredients first, then enjoy them with your favorite sauce once it’s ready.
    ※Do not overcook meat.
    ※Vegetables can be enjoyed better when cooked with a broth that contains the deliciousness of meat.
    ※Removing scums reduces bitterness.

provided the recipeHida Seasonal Cuisine Sakana (Takayama-shi, Gifu Prefecture)

*This recipe is specially arranged for home-cooking, and it differs to one served in a restaurant.