Chicken and Hearty Vegetable Stew

Chicken and Hearty Vegetable Stew

This stew from ancient Kyushu is perfect for days of cold lingering into early spring.

Cooking time
40 minutes+
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.

Ingredients(Servings: 4)

Ingredients(Servings: 4)

200 g (7 oz.)

100 g (3.5 oz.)

100 g (3.5 oz.)



300 g (11 oz.)

to taste

as needed

2 cups

  • *An otoshibuta is a wooden or aluminum cover that rests directly on top of ingredients to keep them below the surface of a simmering liquid.


  1. Soak shiitake mushrooms in water, remove stem and cut into fourths.
  2. Cut chicken into large, bite-sized pieces.
  3. Chop lotus root and soak in water with a bit of vinegar.
  4. Coarsely chop burdock and soak in water.
  5. Coarsely chop carrot and bamboo shoot.
  6. Cut konnyaku into large, bite-sized pieces and quickly preboil.
  7. Remove cap and string from snow peas. Quickly cook in hot water with a bit of salt, then remove and cut diagonally.
  8. Heat oil in a pot, add chicken and cook until lightly browned, then add all vegetables (after removing from water) except snow peas.
  9. When all ingredients are coated in oil, add mirin and water and bring to a boil. Remove scum.
  10. Add soy sauce, cover with an otoshibuta* and simmer over medium heat for 20 min.
  11. Serve in a bowl and add snow peas.

Cooking Basics

Burdock root - peeling

Since the flavor of this root vegetable is located between the skin and the root itself, peel off the skin as thinly as possible. For recently picked and fresh roots in soil, a quick scrub with a natural bristle scrubber or vegetable brush is sufficient. For older roots that have become hard, scrape with the back of a kitchen knife to remove the skin. Burdock root has a high lye content. Cut and soak in water for about 5 to 10 minutes to remove excess lye. However if soaked for too long or if the water is replaced, the flavor also will seep out.

Yam cake - cutting into bite-size pieces

Using a spoon to cut will result in a surface that is coarser than one cut using a knife, so flavor will be absorbed easier. You can also use your fingers to tear into bite-size chunks.

Yam cake - parboiling

If you quickly place the yam cake into boiling water (parboil) the distinct odor of the yam cake will be removed, flavor and seasonings will be soaked up easier, and the rubbery texture will be refreshed. The appropriate boiling time is for 2 to 3 minutes in water that is at a rolling boil. Avoid over-boiling as this will result in hard yam cake.

Snow peas - removing stems and strings

Fold the stem over towards the straighter side of the snow pea and then pull this off along the length of this straighter side to remove the stem and string.



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