I had beef sukiyaki for the first time yesterday at Abe.
According to Wikipedia:
Sukiyaki (鋤焼, or more commonly すき焼き) is a Japanese dish, of the soup or stew type, prepared and served in the nabemono (Japanese hot pot) style.
It consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef) which is slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. Before being eaten, the ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs.
Doesn’t that look amazing? (Side note, this entire meal was $11.00 at Abe). I’ve never had Japanese sukiyaki before. I’ve had Thai suki and Chinese hot pot, but this is my first time for this dish.
Look at all the veggies in this hot pot. I’m a huge fan of mushrooms so it’s great to see the enoki and king oyster mushrooms. The waitress put this pot on a burner that was in the middle of our table. It didn’t take long for the broth to boil so the beef, which was sliced really thin took no time to cook through.
The broth was pretty sweet. You can definitely taste the mirin. I’m not used to mild and sweet broth. Thai suki and Chinese hot pot broth is pretty robust so it was definitely a new taste for me. The beef tasted sweet as well. I think they used bulgogi (Korean marinated) meat, because it really reminded me of it.
This is also my first time using raw egg as a dipping sauce. I was kind of apprehensive about it, but if you’re going to eat sukiyaki, you should eat it the way it’s meant to be. I think you’re supposed to use the whole egg, but Abe only gives you the yolk. Perhaps it’s less intimidating for newbies like me not to have to deal with all the runniness (that’s a word 😉 )…
It’s not that bad actually. You definitely taste egg yolk and since I like it, it was good. If you’re not a fan you can just beat the yolk and pour it into your broth. I actually ended up doing that after a while. It gives your sukiyaki a nice flavor.
Have you had Japanese sukiyaki? I really did enjoy this dish. I’m glad I got to try it and I would order it again, but probably when the weather is cooler. It’s definitely mild so if you’re in the mood for a broth that is not so robust in flavor, this is the dish for you!