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For sukiyaki sauce
- 2 cups dashi stock (from dry dashi granules mixed with water is fine)
- 1⁄2 cup soy sauce
- 1⁄2 cup mirin
- 1⁄2 cup sake
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 burdock root (or parsnip) or 2 carrots (or parsnip)
- 2 -3 chicken legs, including thigh (boned and cut into bite size pieces)
- 8 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and cut in half on angle
- 1 cake tofu, cut into 8 pieces (firm or regular)
- 1 cake Konnyaku, sliced very thinly
- 4 scallions, sliced on an angle into 2 inch pieces
- 1⁄2 napa cabbage, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 bunches mitsuba, cut into 2 inch pieces or 4 cups Baby Spinach
- 2 lb fresh-frozen ramen noodles (save soup packets for other use) or (8 ounce) packages ramen noodles, cooked (save soup packets for other use)
To make the sukiyaki sauce:
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for about 1 minute and remove from heat and set aside.
To make sukiyaki:
- Scrape the peel off burdock. Cut the burdock like you are sharpening the end of a pencil to produce thin shavings or use a peeler and shave into 2 inch pieces. Soak the shavings in a bowl of water with a bit of vinegar (about 1-2 tsp) to stop the discoloration. Set aside.
- Heat a large frying pan with at least 2 1/2 inch sides or use donabe (Japanese clay pot already treated previously) and add 2 T oil.
- Add the burdock and chicken in separate and neat bunches and brown for 2 minutes. Add the shiitake, tofu, and konnyaku and cook for 2 minutes more. Again, keep all separate without mixing them together.
- Pour in the sukiyaki soup stock just enough to cover halfway up the ingredients and spoon the sauce over all ingredients. Do not overfill and cover.
- As soon as the liquid boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Uncover and add scallions, napa cabbage, and mitsuba or baby spinach and cook for about 2 minutes. Add more sukiyaki sauce and spoon the sauce over each ingredients often. Do not mix ingredients together and serve.
- After most of the ingredients are consumed, bring the sauce to boil again and add the ramen noodles. Heat the noodles and serve in individual bowls.
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