Rice with Beef and Shitake Mushrooms and so much more!

A Perfect Autumn Dish, Robust and Rich

If you are looking for something to cook other than the regular fare weekend food, this is one of the easiest Japanese recipes to try. It’s a simple and hearty dinner for a nice cool evening. Afterward, pop in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha.” See a clip of it at the end of post.


The recipe comes from my book  “The Japanese Kitchen-250 Recipes in a Traditional Spiritby Hiroko Shimbo (I made some adaptations for ease of cooking).

Rice with Beef and Shitake Mushrooms

1 1/2 cups short grain or medium grain brown rice

1/3 ounce dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in water for at least 1/2 hour or more

1 1/2 Tablespoon of shoyu (soy sauce)

2 Tablespoons sake (rice wine)

1 Tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

1 cup of carrot, julienned

6 ozs beef sirloin, cut into thin strips

Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt



Rinse the rice until clear and let it stand until clear for about 20 minutes before cooking.

Drain the mushrooms, reserving their soaking liquid and cut them into strips. Transfer the liquid to a 1-quart measuring cup and enough water to make about 3 1/2 cups.

In a small bowl, combine the mushrooms, 1/2 tablespoon shoyu, 1 tablespoon sake, and the mirin. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the carrot and beef and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the time. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon shoyu, and the salt, and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Remove the skillet from the heat. Into a heavy-bottomed pot, put the rice and the measured mushroom soaking liquid and water. Put the beef, carrot and mushrooms on top of the rice. Cook slowly over the burner. After rice is cooked about 15 -20 minutes, add some parsley for color and black pepper. ENJOY with a cup of hot tea.

As I mentioned in the last post that it was conceivable that I could do a marathon week. This is what I call a sprint to the end!!

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  • Braised Beef Japanese Style
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  • Broiled Sea Bass with Sesame Seeds
  • Broiled Vegetables with Ponzu Dressing
  • Stir Fried Rice and Chicken

WHEW!!! What a run I will be doing! Sayonara!

take a peek at a few of the dishes at the bottom

Meanwhile here is a clip of “Memoirs of a Geisha” (read the book too-like both equally well).