Grilled meat with a delightful sauce - our favourite as a family. We were introduced to it by Chef Mora when we first arrived in Canada and with his family restaurant sold and covid forcing us to eat indoors, I decided to make my own.
Here I share my recreation of this traditional dish which I hope everyone can enjoy.
Yaki means grilled - in a pan, on a bbq or on an indoor grill and niku means meat - beef.
While traditionally this meat is then dipped in the sauce, I prefer to serve it already well coated. The choice is yours.
600 gm - thick rib eye steak, thinly sliced
3 tsp sesame oil
3 tsp sesame seeds - some of it ground up
3 tbsp mirin
1/3 cup soya sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp orange juice
Toss the meat in a teaspoon of sesame oil. Keep aside until ready to cook.
Boil together the ingredients for the sauce. Keep the flame low and allow it to simmer until the sauce is sticky and thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
If you have ground sesame, add it to the sauce once cooked.
Remove the garlic before serving.
Cool until just warm.
Cook steak until medium rare, do not over cook. Coat each piece of meat with the sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve immediately.
Serve this on its own or with sticky rice, plain boiled rice or garlic rice.
Japanese cuisine uses different varieties of sugar for preparing their foods. Interestingly the rock sugar - saakur is often preferred to prepare their sauces.
The pure cane sugar is also a part of the series of brown sugars recommended.
To successfully thinly slice the steak the meat must be semi frozen, it is the tiny ice crystals that hold the meat together and allow us to carve it neatly. Alternately ask your butcher to slice it on his meat slicer.
Japanese cuisine flavours their food with orange rather than lemon that most other cuisines use to add the acid component. Their choice is generally an orange called the Yuzu.
When green lime is required they use the sour Sudachi a Japanese variety of locally grown lime.
Photo courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala