Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Japanese Cream Stew Recipe

This recipe is one of baby boy's favorites.
It tastes so creamy, yet it only has 2 Tbsp butter and no cream.
Japanese Cream Stew by Little Japan Mama

Cream Stew  (Serves 4-6)

A little oil
400g chicken thigh fillet, cut into 2cm pieces
1 onion  (sliced into 2.5cm/1inch squares)
3 potatoes  (peeled and sliced into 2.5cm/1 inch cubes)
4 carrots
1 broccoli   (cut into small florets)
2 tsp chicken stock powder and 2 cups water


 1/3 cup flour
2 Tbsp butter
3 cups milk
+/- 30g grated cheese


1.  Heat a little oil in a large saucepan.  Saute onions until softened.  Add Chicken and stir until browned over high heat.  


2.  Add potatoes, chicken stock and water.  Bring to boil and simmer.


3.  Meanwhile, peel and slice carrots into triangular chunks.  Add to saucepan.  Simmer.  There should be just enough liquid to cook everything, not too much.


 4.  Meanwhile, prepare the cream roux:
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. 
  Add 1/4 cup of milk and the flour.  Whisk until smooth, over low heat.  Add the rest of the milk gradually, while whisking.
  Continue stirring, increasing the heat until the mixture thickens and bubbles.  Add cheese if desired.
  
5.  Add the cream roux (step 4) to the stew, add broccoli, and bring to a gentle boil one more time.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.


Served in individual serving bowls with a separate bowl of steamed rice.  Or in the same bowl.  Eat with a spoon.

To make into baby's favorite healthy food:  Cook another 3 min until broccoli is softened.  Mash and mix with rice. 

I like to make large batches and freeze baby's lunches.

In Japan, many people make Cream Stew using packet mix (link):
S & B Stew Tasty Cream Sauce Mix Torokeru, 5.6-Ounce Units (Pack of 10)
(but to be honest, I much prefer home made)

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29 comments:

  1. Jane, It looks delicious. I'll be making this for dinner tomorrow. Thanks!!

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  2. daisuki, oishi! i love this! the only thing i changed was the chicken and made it spicier, thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Thanks lani! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it☆

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  3. I think I put too much ingredients in and it (a bad habit of mine) turned into a HUGE pot but it was great! =D Now I know how to make cream stew from scratch!

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    1. Awesome! I always make a huge pot, it freezes well, and is especially good for frozen baby/toddler meals!

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  4. Thank you for this lovely recipe! I am a Singaporean girl, married to a Japanese husband, and I'm always looking out for recipes to make the danna-san happy! I always go to cookpad.com for Japanese recipes but I love your recipe for this stew. It's very healthy and simple to make, and we can keep it for breakfast too:) thank you for sharing! Much love from Hiroshima to you:)

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    1. Hi Minmin♡ Yes, keeping the danna-san happy! haha I can totally understand!どうも、ありがとう!♡

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  5. This is delicious! I love being able to use up vegetables in the fridge.

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  6. What kind of cheese do you use?

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    1. Just about any cheese is fine! I use mozzarella, tasty cheddar or cream cheese. As long as it melts nicely☆

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  7. It looks so easy to make! Can't wait to make it soon!!! :)

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  8. I've always thought it was very difficult to make cream roux from scratch but your instructions were easy to follow and my cream stew turned out perfect! The stew was delicious and filling! <3

    Thanks for the recipe. This recipe is definitely a keeper. :D

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  9. My hubby & I love this recipe! So delicious!

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  10. This was AMAZING!!! I always bought the boxed roux which is full of MSG and chemicals. Your recipe tastes a million times better!!! Just thinking about it makes me want to make it again. I did not add any cheese and it was still AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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  11. Going to make this for dinner tomorrow. Came upon your site very recently and fell in love with it. My boyfriend is very happy with it as well since he absolutely loves Japanese food that's more than just sushi and the like. We eat Japanese dishes on a regular basis in our household, but you'd be surprised how hard pressed it is finding authentic Japanese recipes online that aren't dumbed down or completely slaughtered into something far too Westernized to even be called Japanese food anymore. Although this dish doesn't seem especially Japanese in the sense that it won't have strong flavors that we're accustomed to eating; I've got to say I just needed to try this since I saw it in a film back when I was a kid. Never knew the name of it until now! So thank you so much for bringing this dish to me so that I could make it in my own home.

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  12. Thank you very much for this recipe Shinobu. When my Japanese wife was ill and not up to cooking last week I asked her what she wanted to eat, and the reply was 'cream stew'. I've always enjoyed hers, but wasn't sure my limited cooking skills were up to making this. However, after finding your recipe, I managed to make something that (much to her amazement as much as mine) was as good as any cream stew I've ever had. She feels much better now, and I feel much better at cooking....Thanks.

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  13. I accidentally found this website last week and really excited about the recipe. I made it successfully with my friends for tonight's dinner. I always want to make cream stew and your recipe is very amazing! Everyone loves it! おいしかったよ!どうもありがとう!!!ゎーィ♪ヽ(*´∀`)ノ

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  14. I made it today for my dinner! It is really good! Thank you ^ . ^

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  15. I have been making cream stew with the packaged roux for many years, but one day I didn't have any on hand, and found your recipe online. I love it - it really is better than the packaged kind, and really doesn't take much more time or effort at all. I'm never going back! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. I totally agree, Sue! And it's healthier too!

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  16. I made this and it was very yummy!!!

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  17. Hi! What kind of flour did you use? All purpose flour?

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  18. My husband cooks but I don't. I was so craving for "kuri-mu shichu" and can't buy the box in my area. Thank you for saving me from homesickness!!!

    とてもよいレシピをご紹介してくださってありがとうございます。クリームシチューがすごく食べたくなって、でも私料理がとても苦手で、いつも既成ものしか使ったことがなかったのでどうしていいやらわからなかったんです(とっても田舎なので近くに日本ものだけの食材屋がないんです)。幸い私の主人が料理好きで得意なので、作ってくれるそうです。

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    1. LimeGreen, so glad to help! I totally understand, my parents' family lived in Bundaberrg, a country town, when I was a kid!

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  19. Simple and just like my mum makes. Shes Japanese too by the way.

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  20. I'm not a parent (too young, after all), but I AM the eldest of seven siblings so I'm pretty close, and I know what I'm making for dinner when it's my turn!

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    1. Awesome! Great to see what a fantastic older sibling you are! I hope they all love it!☆

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