This Vegan Sukiyaki is full of healthy plant-based goodness and so easy to make – just dump all the ingredients either into a slow cooker or a pot on the stove.
It’s an amazing comfort food classic that’s especially perfect for the colder months, and it’s really simple to make a big batch of it so it’s perfect for sharing with family or friends.
Sukiyaki is a popular Japanese winter dish that’s often cooked in a big, shallow iron pot on the table. Beef, tofu, various vegetables and noodles are cooked together in a broth made from dashi (fish stock), soy sauce, mirin (sweetened rice wine) and sugar, and then dipped in a bowl of raw beaten eggs, before being eaten with rice.
Sukiyaki is probably my favourite Japanese dish, and my grandmother always used to make it for me when I went to Japan. I’d always be super excited to eat it as it’s quite hard to make outside Japan because you need quite specific ingredients to make it authentically.
This version I made here is vegan because of the lack of beef and raw eggs and I’ve also changed some of the other ingredients to get round these problems.
I’ve used chunks of firm tofu, sweet leeks, Chinese cabbage, umami-rich shiitake mushrooms and vibrant carrots in a tamari and mirin-infused broth.
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This Vegan Sukiyaki is full of healthy plant-based goodness and so easy to make - just dump all the ingredients either into a slow cooker or a pot on the stove.
- 400 g (14oz) hard firm tofu, cut into cubes or rectangles
- 2 leeks, thickly sliced
- 4 leaves Chinese cabbage, roughly chopped
- Handful of shiitake mushrooms
- 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- Optional: konnyaku noodles rice noodles or udon noodles
- Soy sauce, to taste (or tamari if gluten-free)
- Mirin, to taste (or sub any other sweetener)
- Sticky brown or white rice
Add water and all the ingredients to flavour the broth to a large shallow pan
Add all the vegetables and tofu
Bring to the boil and cook until vegetables become soft
If using noodles, cook them separately according to instructions on packet, drain them, and add them to the broth just before serving
I've just written a rough guide list of ingredients here, so that you can use as little or as much of each as you want, depending on how big a crowd you're feeding.
Alternatively, you could add all the tofu and vegetables to your slow cooker along with the broth ingredients, cover with water and cook on high for 2-4 hours or low for 4-6 (depending on your cooker). Then cook the noodles separately, drain and add to the pot just before serving.
Although this is a dish that's really easy to make a big batch of, unfortunately you won't be able to freeze it as tofu doesn't freeze well
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