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Recipe: Nikujaga

Nikujaga literally means meat and potatoes. It is one of the comfort foods for Japanese and is a popular meal to prepare at home. The meal itself is very simple and homely. It is likened to a beef stew though the simmering time is much shorter as compared to the western version because Nikujaga uses thinly sliced meat.
With the aid of a panda bear rice mold and nori sheet panda cutter (priced at A$2.80 each from Daiso), this bowl of goodness was transformed into a kawaii meal for my twins.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 300g thinly sliced beef
1 large brown onion 2 large potatoes, peeled  400ml water 4 tbsp sugar 4 tbsp soy sauce
Steamed vegetables 2 medium carrots 1 medium broccoli
1. Peel and cut the potatoes into 4 - 6 pieces, then plane off the corners to prevent crumbling during the cooking process. Soak in water for 5 minutes (to prevent it from changing colour and to remove starch).
2. Slice onion into 12 wedges and separate them into pieces…
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