Sweet and Salty Simmered Beef and Burdock Root

Sweet and Salty Simmered Beef and Burdock Root

By prepping cheap cuts of beef properly, you can prevent them from drying out even if you leave them for some time. You can heat this up in the microwave. Stock it in the refrigerator to use as 'one more item', or in bentos.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Thinly sliced beef (shoulder) offcuts
350 g
Burdock root
Almost 1 root (150 g)
● Sugar
1 tablespoon
● Sake
1 tablespoon
● Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
● Katakuriko
1 heaping tablespoon
2 tablespoons
★ Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
★ Sake
5 tablespoons
★ Real mirin
6 tablespoons


1. Shave the burdock root as if you were sharpening a pencil with a knife. Soak the shavings in a bowl of water with a little vinegar added. When all the burdock root is shaved, drain it well. If you leave it soaking for too long it will lose its fragrance so be careful.
2. Stir fry the burdock root in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, and remove from the pan.
3. Cut the beef into bite-sized pieces, and massage in the sugar and sake. Leave for a bit, then massage in the soy sauce and katakuriko.
4. Sprinkle the beef with 1 tablespoon of oil, and separate out the pieces. Add the a frying pan and stir-fry, then add the pre-cooked burdock root.
5. Add the ★ ingredients, simmer and reduce, and it's done. Sprinkle with some shichimi spice to taste.

Story Behind this Recipe

I think every household has their own way to make 'Stir Fried and Simmered Beef and Burdock Root', but this is my method.