What is Sukiyaki?

Sukiyaki is a Japanese hot pot-style meat dish. It most typically comes in the form of thin slices of beef served with cubes of tofu, konnyaku noodles, and an assortment of vegetables. These ingredients are simmered in a mixture of sake, mirin, and soy sauce.

It is difficult to say when sukiyaki first came about, though it would appear that it can trace its origins back to Korea. It resembles a traditional Korean dish known as chongol, which may have found its way across the sea to the islands of Japan at some point in the Meiji Era, when Japan first opened its ports to foreigners in the late 1800’s. It was at this same time that beef finally became accessible to the Japanese, and new beef dishes were rising in popularity throughout the country. Japan continues to enjoy it to this day, particularly during the cold winter months when families gather together around heated kotatsu tables.

At our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, you can experience the classic taste of sukiyaki for yourself. Try it tonight at Wild Wasabi!