Nikujaga: Japanese Beef Stew Recipe and a Staub giveaway

Posted December 11, 2017 by Mike

Steph has always had the slowest immune system of anyone I know, so she is still sick. To cheer her up a bit, I sent her this great explanation of why she is currently a toxic piñata. I’m also trying to help her get better through food, starting with this nikujaga – which is a super fast, super delicious Japanese beef stew recipe. Beef stew doesn’t get enough love as a get well soon food, probably because it can be hard to chew, but if you do it right – like in this nikujaga recipe – it’s just as easy and comforting as chicken noodle soup.

Japanese Nikujaga Beef Stew Recipe | www.iamafoodblog.com

You need energy to get well, and there is nothing like a nice hearty stew to get your energy up. It also happens one of my most favorite foods in the world, so I can’t see a downside. Is this like a cliche “guy gets his wife a gift he secretly wants” kind of deal? Yes, but we both love beef stew, so it’s like a win/win present for both of us. We’ve also partnered up with Staub to do a giveaway on this post of a 3.5qt heritage braiser, so it’s like a present for one lucky reader too. It’s super pretty, I loved using it, and you can probably ask for it in any color you want. It’s the last of our three giveaways for this year, so don’t forget to enter.

Japanese Nikujaga Beef Stew Recipe | www.iamafoodblog.com

A while back, my favorite stew was daube – a provencal beef stew with oranges and wine. I was coming back from a work trip and Steph decided to surprise me with a house smelling of daube and my favorite dinner on the table as I came home from the airport and a 10 hour flight. She’s awesome like that. We were living in a weird part of town at the time with no normal grocery stores nearby – just fancy organic stores selling $5 oranges. She couldn’t drive, so she walked to the expensive grocery store and bought a $5 orange to put in the stew. I loved it – it was the perfect welcome home.

I love all beef stews though. Brown food doesn’t get much love in our Instagram world of today, but I think there’s something warming and comforting about tucking into a big bowl of stew that you won’t feel with a delicate matcha and gold-flaked unicorn bagel. Especially in winter. Even when you’re sick. My current favorite is Little Sister in LA – the downtown location if you’re being specific. It’s to die for, and no one talks about it. After Steph gets better, I might have to book a fake work trip so I can come home to her version of Little Sister’s Bo Kho.

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takeout from Little Sister DTLA – bo kho, e-fu noodles, and fried rice

Nikujaga: the best 20 minute beef stew around

One of the most common and very valid criticisms of stew is that it just takes too long to make. Although personally I don’t know who wouldn’t want their house to smell of slow cooked stew all day long, sometimes you just want to eat when you get home. Lately we’ve been on the instant pot train, but if you don’t have an instant pot, a super fast beef stew that you don’t need special gadgets for is super useful, and that’s what we have here.

Japanese Nikujaga Beef Stew Recipe | www.iamafoodblog.com

This stew works in 20 minutes because the beef is thinly sliced so it tenderizes in 20 minutes instead of 4 hours. I’ve made it different in the photos because I’m a terrible blogger and just used whatever we had in the fridge – which in our case was frozen wagyu stew cubes. Wagyu is soft enough that I wasn’t worried about it taking hours to get tender and left it in cube form, but it is correctly made with thinly sliced beef.

Japanese Nikujaga Beef Stew Recipe | www.iamafoodblog.com

Your selection at any tiny Japanese grocery store

In Japan they sell beef precut into thin slices that works specifically for this recipe. If you’re feeling up to it, the best way to replicate this is to throw a steak in the freezer for a few minutes and then slice it to about a 1/8” thickness, but if you’re feeling lazy – and this is a 20 minute stew recipe after all – stir fry beef probably works just as well.

Don’t let the 20 minute cook time fool you, nikujaga has a lot of depth and layers of flavor – first from the classic Japanese trifecta of mirin/sake/soy, then from the dashi or broth, then finally from the meat and vegetables and konnyaku. Actually, if you’ve ever had a beef bowl from Yoshinoya (preferably the Japanese one, not the California one), you pretty much know what this tastes like, but with veggies and more depth of flavor.

What is konnyaku?

If you’ve never heard of konnyaku before, you’re not alone. I’ve never paid attention to it until the beginning of this year, and now I’m a total convert. It’s awesome – I’ve really come to love its unique texture and subtle flavor. It also comes as a noodle and a lot of people rave about how awesome the noodles are. You should be able to find konnyaku as either a loaf or noodle at any higher end grocery store or asian market, but it’s completely optional and you can replace it with tofu as well for an added health kick.

Japanese Nikujaga Beef Stew Recipe | www.iamafoodblog.com

While writing this post I asked Steph what she thought of the nikujaga and (because she had lost her voice and couldn’t answer) she gave it two thumbs up! I’m really convinced that beef stew is the new chicken noodle soup, and more to the point, that this 20 minute beef stew is better than any slow simmered 4 hour recipe you’ll find. It’s the perfect thing for anyone who loves stew but doesn’t love the cook time, or is looking for a new twist on beef stew.

Giveaway rules: Let us know in the comments what your favorite post on iamafoodblog is and what kind of content you want to see more of in 2018: travel, easy, special diets (vegan, paleo, etc), noodles, something else? Follow us on instagram and leave your IG handle here as well for a bonus entry, and don’t miss our nikon giveaway either! Giveaway ends Dec 23rd, open to US residents.

CLOSED! Congrats KellyRenRen, keep your eyes on the lookout for an email from me!

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win me! note: stew not included

Nikujaga Japanese Beef Stew Recipe

Serves 4

  • 1lb thinly sliced beef
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup soy
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 4 cups dashi or beef/chicken broth
  • 1lb nugget potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 package konnyaku (noodles or cubed, optional)

In a large heavy bottomed pan or dutch oven over high heat, heat your oil and brown your beef. Remove and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium, add onions and cook until transparent.

Add sake and boil off until the alcohol is gone (about 1-2 minutes), then add your mirin, soy, sugar, and dashi. Reduce to a low simmer. 

Add potatoes, carrots, konnyaku, and previously cooked beef to the pan and simmer until potatoes and beef are tender (about 15 minutes).


  1. Lauren says:

    The Tater Tot Breakfast Bowl is my boyfriend’s favorite weekend treat! I love quick & easy recipes I can throw together when I get home from work without much thought.

  2. Heather Pederson says:

    Hands down favorite recipe from i am a food blog <3 : http://iamafoodblog.com/dashi-butter-basted-steak-with-the-ultimate-mashed-potatoes/ + I would like to see more elaborate curry (Indian/Thai) recipes here in 2018! On Instagram, I'm newspaper.taxii

  3. Emilye says:

    My favourite post so far is the Fall Salad: Kabocha Celery Salad Recipe, for its freshness and flavour combination. I rarely think to make salad with celery, and this post definitely makes me want to try.
    For 2018, I would love it if the blog could feature simple vegetarian (or not) dishes that are not too time-consuming to prepare and with minimal fuss. Maybe more recipes featuring legumes?

  4. Emilye says:

    I just followed you on Instagram :)
    IG handle: chl.emilye.qbb

  5. Erica C. Barnett says:

    I really enjoyed your post on z’aatar chicken! In the future, I would love more posts that utilize unusual ingredients (like z’aatar is, here in the US), as I’m forever buying new spices and then wondering what to do with them (hello, giant tub of dried whole turmeric roots). Thanks!

  6. Erica C. Barnett says:

    I follow you on IG; my instagram is ericacbarnett.

  7. Sonja says:

    I love your Mini Beef Wellington recipe! I would love to see more posts that utilize the instant pot, as I bought one earlier this year (I really like you instant pot bolognese recipe as well) and am always looking for more recipes to try making with it. On instagram, I’m sdwinter

  8. Anon says:

    My favorite post has been: http://iamafoodblog.com/honey-mustard-chicken-thigh-recipe/. I don’t usually do the honey mustard flavor, but this has become the standard way I cook bone in, skin on chicken thighs now; sometimes I’ll even grease the pan with duck fat to make it more decadent. For 2018, I’d like to see some more recipes involving bean pastas, such as Banza or Explore Cuisine; alternatively, any high protein, lower carb/fat dishes.

  9. Veronica says:

    I love the avocado bread, it’s such a pretty color. I’d like to see more sweets, they’re always so fun.

  10. Cathy says:

    I loved the pumpkin pancakes – I made them, and they were so good! (also love all of the mini food posts, actually)

  11. Stephanie Y says:

    I loved the post with the recipe/technique for chocolate panda donuts. As you can guess, I love making not only tasty but super cute food as well! I love all the posts with these “cute” foods but also the ones discussing popular food trends

  12. Nicole De Stefano says:

    I loved the Instant Pot Pho recipe (http://iamafoodblog.com/authentic-instant-pot-pho-recipe/) and I’m with Sonja – more Instant Pot, please! I got one this year too and I absolutely love it (my husband even uses it happily, and he’s a No Kitchen Gadgets guy!)

  13. Tina says:

    My favorite post is always the Friday links :) I also like the coconut cinnamon buns recipe. I’d love to see more instant pot recipes next year, since I’m considering getting one.

  14. Sj Dc says:

    i loved your posts on your Canadian trip,,maybe because they were a tad different..but this is after the fact that i love your food recipes, pics and writing..so pease just blog all your heart desires and your readers will lap it all up!
    thank you for the giveaway

  15. Emilye says:

    I already commented on a favorite from the blog, but suddenly remembered the Egyptian Kosheri – love that! Would be great to see more of these dishes that feature pulses in 2018 :)

  16. Sunny says:

    Totoro food is my favorite. I would like to see my recipes with pulses and veggies, pressure cooker recipes.

  17. C says:

    *steeples fingers*
    But have you had DESSERT KONNYAKU FRUIT JELLY? Ah, sweet memories of childhood and whenever my mother gets the yen to make a batch of peach konnyaku jellies these days!

  18. Bryn Broussard says:

    Eggslut breakfast sandwich is the most recent thing I made so I guess that would be my current fave. I so so love so many recipes on the site.

  19. Bryn Broussard says:

    I follow on Instagram

  20. Denise says:

    I really love your travel guides especially the Tokyo guide: http://iamafoodblog.com/tokyo-food-guide-where-and-what-to-eat-in-tokyo/ It is so useful and interesting to read what you guys are up to in one of my fav countries to eat. I would love to see more travel posts in 2018.

  21. Nora B says:

    more warm main dish salads :)

  22. Lillian H says:

    I recently found your blog and love it. Your mini beef wellington is brillant.

  23. I love your “Mini Lasagna Rollups” post. I’m always looking for awesome comforting recipes to adapt to my diet — this one is amazing! Keep the comfort food posts coming. I’m a healthy recipe developer, and I just love to see your creative ideas!

    1. My instagram is: kitchenofyouth

  24. Caitlin says:

    I really loved the basic great Tzatziki, it’s the best I’ve tried and if you love this sauce you know how hard it is to get extra from a restaurant. I have some tummy issues so I’d love to see some Keto and FODMAP friendly recipes with your flair! I follow on instagram as claitlin!

  25. Jacqueline says:

    I really like your comfort food recipes! (Shepherd’s pie, yakiudon, etc. CARBS.)

  26. ZL says:

    Loved the posts about japan because I moved here last year!

    Would love more easy recipes and maybe some interesting vegetarian meals?

  27. Cody says:

    That freakin’ mushroom/pasta recipe from the other day was killer!! I’d love to see more Asian-inspired dishes, more mushroom dishes, and lots and lots of cilantro-less dishes. :)

    IG: ccodyharrison

  28. carol clark says:

    http://iamafoodblog.com/potato-topped-turkey-pot-pie-recipe/ this is my fav post like to see more post from the travel section

  29. Johanness says:

    I love your simple dinner posts, gets me inspired to cook at home. Would love to see some warm salad recipes in 2018!

    IG- @johannessberg

  30. latanya says:

    I like the mini gingerbread house.
    I would love to see easy.

  31. Hillary says:

    Your Breakfast Mac and Cheese just makes me happy :) I would love to see more breakfast-for-dinner posts because that is my jam! Also, friday finds are awsome.

  32. Graeme says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. My favourite post has to be the oven baked sesame chicken thighs. I’ve made it at least a dozen times. http://iamafoodblog.com/easy-oven-baked-sesame-chicken-thighs/

  33. Hillary says:


  34. Abby D says:

    My favorite recipe is the Crab Rangoon Deviled Eggs. My partner and I make them for every gathering we attend and they are a huge hit. I would love to see more egg recipes in 2018.

  35. maddie says:

    i love the japanese dishes that you make!!!!!! more of those would be awesome. also, i follow you on ig @ttonnu2043 :)

  36. ying says:

    Favorite post so far is Hue Style Spicy Turkey Vermicelli Noodle Soup Recipe!! So good and such a creative use for leftovers. Like Stephanie, I’m obsessed with noodles!! Would love to see more travel posts and noodle recipes! Following on IG: @alexisyingsun

  37. Jessica says:

    Hi! My favorite recipe from iamafoodblog is the Vietnamese garlic and shallot marinated chicken. It reminds my husband and I of chicken we had in Ho Chi Minh when we lived there briefly. We love using it to top bun or put into banh mi.

    I would like to see more recipes for food-with-faces-on-it this coming year. Iamafoodblog inspired me to decorate food for the first time with pumpkin cheesecake totoro bars, and I made the pumpkin cat donuts as well to celebrate fall shortly after that. Everything turns out so cute and delicious! Thank you so much!

  38. david says:

    The instant pot pho recipe! We recently received an instant pot as a gift so we’re always looking for new recipes to try. Would love to see more instant pot recipes and travel posts!

  39. Graeme says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. My recipe has to be this: http://iamafoodblog.com/easy-oven-baked-sesame-chicken-thighs/
    I’ve made this recipe at least a dozen times.

  40. Tyler says:

    I loved the al pastor recipe and would mind seeing a few more things with a Mexican/Spanish flair. I grew up on that stuff and love seeing everyone’s different takes on a classic dish

  41. Sonia says:

    Love the Tamagoyaki sando recipe. Tamagoyaki is still such a beautiful mystery to me! simple but delicious :) thank you for your beautiful and delicious recipes Steph!!!

  42. Jeannie says:

    I’m a new follower of your blog (found you via Instagram, which I also just joined), so I haven’t made anything yet. The tiny gingerbread house and corgi cookies make me smile! I look forward to seeing quick or intant pot recipes. This stew looks amazing. :)

    My Instagram name is jeannieconnellins

  43. Gina says:

    Obviously love anything Totoro, but my favorites are veggie dishes like quinoa salads. I too could live on sides.

  44. sillygirl says:

    That’s easy! I LOVE your Friday posts with a round-up of things you have seen or heard! But I also love your recipes – especially when they are different from the normal fare. And the creative way you decorate your food – the cute animals you create. We also travel a lot so hearing where you go and what you see interests me. I like that you have the variety.

  45. Eva says:

    My favorite post is Tokyo Food Guide! I am planning a trip to Japan, and the post has been really useful.

  46. Eva says:

    IG: itszwa :)

  47. manda says:

    I like http://iamafoodblog.com/a-basic-great-tzatziki-recipe/. Always wanted to make that.

    I like any pressure cooker recipes.

  48. Yoojin says:

    I love all your totoro recipes! It’s not only super cute but you make them so clear with the directions :)
    In 2018, I’d love to see more foods YOU personally love, like authentic noodle dishes!

    My instagram handle is @leeyoojc

    Thank youuuu!!

  49. dancingdryad says:

    I loved the recipe for muhammara — now I can finally recreate one of my favorite dishes from Middle Eastern restaurants! For 2018, it would be great if you could include some gluten-free recipes. Followed on IG, where my handle is the same as the one I used for this post.

  50. Megan says:


  51. Love your Basic Great Pho! I really enjoy your easy recipes.

    Follow you on IG too as @mountaincravings. :)

  52. Rachel says:

    My favorite are the Tokyo guides. It’s my favorite city in the world, just got back from my second trip in early Nov and hit up a lot of your favorites.

  53. Dana says:

    I’ve made lots of recipes from here but I love the Vietnamese fish tacos! I love an easy recipe but I also love the comfort food ones (the shephard’s pie…nomz) and copycat take-out posts (like the noodles in black bean sauce). I follow you on insta, my handle is @dana.tong

  54. Mark says:

    My favorite post was the Budae Jjigae Korean Army Stew! I’m from South Korea, but I’ve lived pretty much my entire life in Texas raised on chicken fried steaks. I’ve always been curious about this stew and loved seeing a real recipe for it! 2018 give me all the kimchi recipes and fried rice recipes!

  55. Nikki says:

    This recipe looks marvelous! I’m always looking out for good quick soup recipes, so this one will likely hit our meal plan next week. I’m not sure I can pinpoint a favorite post, but I can say my favorite “thing” this blog introduced me to was the pairing of kimchi and cheese. I love it in quesadillas, grilled cheese, and mac’n’cheese, plus, everyone I introduce it to thinks it is the bomb. Next year I’d love to see some more “easy” recipes, stuff that doesn’t involve hard to find ingredients or fancy kitchen gadgets.

  56. Miranda says:

    Loveeeee the crispy salt and pepper french toast. It’s perfect for when I want the custardy with a crust goodness of french toast but don’t feel like getting weighed down with sugar.

  57. Sarah N says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa– 20 minutes?!?!?! This looks awesome. My favorite post on your blog is either the Dishoom’s Black Daal recipe, or the Scallion Pancakes… yum! I have made many delicious recipes you have posted.

    As much as I love the recipes, I would love to see more pictures of your travels next year (especially to Japan). You really piqued my interest with your Banff post/pictures, and now it’s at the top of my bucket list.

  58. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    I really enjoyed your posts on your Canada camping trip and the foods you cooked. Your camping foods looked so GOOD. Made me realize I need to step up my camping food game. No changes to the Blog. I really enjoy it like it is. I do look forward to your Miyazaki posts though :)

  59. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    AnneWF88 is my IG handle!

  60. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    Oops, it’s annewf88. No caps.

  61. Sarah N says:

    I follow on IG as @tosticake

  62. Stephanie says:

    My favorite post is admittedly the copycat in-n-out burger recipe; I’ve been living in Washington state for a few years now and am from California so that recipe really saves my whole life. But another fave is the sriracha honey lime chicken – super easy super delicious!
    I definitely want to see travel guides! I also emailed this a while back, but I’m really hoping for a Vancouver B.C. eats guide just because I drive up so much from Bellingham!!
    My ig is @chefaniesteng!

  63. ChristinaW says:

    My favorite is the Totoro Inari Sushi recipe. So adorable! I’ve tried many of your recipes, all have been great. I love seeing your travel guides and I wouldn’t change anything.

  64. kim says:

    my most recent favorite recipe is the ottolenghis muhammara red pepper dip. I make a similar one using red pepper almonds and white raisins but this one surpassed it. I would love to see more travel posts.

  65. Natalie Choi says:

    My favorite (and my husband’s) is your Avocado pasta recipe! I love how quickly it comes together, and how it’s a mix of 3 of our favorite things: avocados, cilantro, and lime. It’s quickly become a staple week night dinner in our house!
    IG handle: @nataliehchoi

  66. Danielle Whittaker says:

    The recipe from your blog that I’ve made the most is the chicken pot pie pizza (http://iamafoodblog.com/make-chicken-pot-pie-pizza/)! But I love all of your posts. I especially love the Korean/Vietnamese/Japanese food posts.

  67. Kelly says:

    I make the festive caramel popcorn every year and it’s always a hit. Recently, I loved the post on the potato topped turkey pot pie – it was great to see Steph in action with her helpful tips. Honestly, I would love to see more posts from you, Mike! They’re always entertaining and it’s always endearing to hear about how much you love Steph – your posts are always kind and sweet.

    I am also following you guys on IG – kellyrenren

  68. david says:

    this looks comforting.

  69. Kim says:

    It’s an oldie, but I love your grilled cheese pizza recipe – pure genius! I’d love to see some more healthy recipes next year and I follow on instagram as berlymountainwoman.

  70. Joy says:

    I loved the Instant Pot pho post and would love to see more posts simplifying Asian food! My IG is joyosity. =) Hope you feel better soon, Steph!

  71. Carla C says:

    Can you have more stir fry with noodles posts and recipes with noodles in general?

  72. Carla C says:

    I follow you on instagram with the name shroomfrog

  73. Kate Y says:

    I love all the different soup / stew blogs! I haven’t made it yet, but I’m really inspired by your recipe for BBH — one of my food goals for 2018 :)

    I’ve been following IG for a while, but here’s mine: lilpiptook

  74. Ana says:

    Love your blog – my favorite recipe is the pumpkin lasagna – I make a huge batch and portion it out and freeze fro hard times:-)

  75. DJ says:

    The Easy 6 Ingredient Cinnamon Buns Recipe is one of my faves! I would like to see more vegan and gluten free options. I am following on Insta: total_solar_eclipse7279

  76. Anne says:

    I love the Pumpkin Sage Lasagna Roll Up Pull Aparts! So comforting and fun enough to serve to friends. I’d love to keeping seeing noodle recipes, but I also have a huge soft spot for the Friday Finds. :)

  77. Kristen says:

    My favorite post was for the mini gingerbread houses- meant to put on a tea cup. I just made some with my daughters and it was so fun to have lots- some to share! I would love to see more soups and stews

    I wou

  78. Eve says:

    I like your Friday Finds posts. You always have some interesting and fun links to check out. And most recently, I’ve got your Egyptian Kosheri Rice post bookmarked. That’s getting made up soon and having Mid-Eastern markets nearby means I can get authentic ingredients.

  79. Gal F. says:

    My favorite was the road trip across Canada posts! Even though I live in Tennessee. Haha. IG: @galflam

  80. Shawna says:

    I would like to see posts on ways to make recipes gluten free and vegetarian. My favorite post is What to cook in December. We tried the Coconut Miso Chicken – it was out of this world.

  81. fatimah says:

    my absolute fav post is the jamie oliver’s lamb shepards pie omg so good and i literally drool over those photos!

  82. Kristen D says:

    I love the tamagoyaki sando post! and i’d love to see more ethnic recipes not centered on rice or noodles. Love your blog!

  83. Katherine P says:

    It’s too hard to name a favorite! I love how each recipe has a story to it and the beautifully styled photos. I’m partial to the noodle dishes however since I’m such a noodle lover. Looking forward to all of your recipes in the coming new year!

    Happy holidays!
    Ig: kattpark

  84. Honestly, it was really hard to pick because I super heart all your posts! Even if the recipe isn’t something I’m a huge fan of, the pics are always gorgeous and I love Steph’s quirky writing. But since you asked me to choose, I’d pick slow poached eggs. Not only are the pictures yummy looking, I was just blown away by how easy and attainable it made a perfectly poached egg seem. For what posts I’d like to see more of, I’m really happy with everything -so just keep up the good work. Although, I do miss having an easy way to see what posts I need to catch up on. Either something that lists them in order or that newsletter y’all were working on. Also, I do follow you on IG, and my handle is foodfaithandfinds. Thanks for all the yummy posts and fun giveaways!

  85. Greg says:

    Your yakiudon is great. I haven’t made it in a while because I haven’t picked up udon in a sec, but now I’m craving some! And on that note, I’d love to see more noodles – I’d take noodles over rice any day. IG @greglum

  86. Alexandra says:

    My current favorite is the instant pot Bolognese. I have an instant pot and a Bolognese obsession and it’s saving me from the temptation of ultimately mediocre Italian restaurants!! In 2018, I would love to see more stews and instant pot recipes that give you lots of comfort and umami without spending all day on it (because all day I am at my day job, and I can’t always spend as much time as I’d like on flavor development)! And bring on the brown foods– my favorite genre.

  87. Karen says:

    I love all your posts but I love the Canadian or Japanese versions of things like your version of a sausage roll! @kazworld82

  88. Steph,
    I loved your restaurant menu post. That was super fun. I would love more easy pasta posts, but I love the travel.
    IG: @justin_mw

  89. Cindy A. says:

    My favorites are the Quick & Easy recipes. I am always looking for easy to follow recipes that put food on the table in a hurry.


  90. Peter D says:

    Favorite is the Authentic Instant Pot Pho recipe. Fat is where it’s at! Thanks for the giveaway. More fat it 2018!

  91. Julie says:

    I loved your guys’ whole camping series, including all the research and gear you guys bought! Also I’m a sucker for your Japan trip, it was <3 I would love to see more travel blog posts!

  92. Meg S says:

    Definitely end up cooking this the most! http://iamafoodblog.com/katsu-sando-tonkatsu-sandwich-recipe/

    And I’m always up for more noodle recipes!

  93. Hannah says:

    My favorite posts are your camp cooking series. Would love to see more vegetarian & vegan recipes.

  94. Nicole says:

    My favorite post this year was the one about Banff in the fall. The photography was incredible, and I love reading about your adventures together and the sights you see. I’d love to see more travel posts in 2018! @coalna

  95. Chelsea says:

    The salad recipe with melon, basil and burrata so delicious makes me want it right now and for it to be peach season again! I would love to see more noodle recipes!

  96. Vivian says:

    My favorite recipe this year was the Korean army stew. It inspired me to buy an induction burner and have more communal, eat-while-you-cook meals. I love all your soup/noodle recipes and would love to see more.

  97. Jessie C. says:

    CHICKEN KARAAGE is my favorite, I would love more Japanese recipes, please.

  98. Jessie C. says:

    And I follow on Intagram @tcarolinep

  99. Keyan K. says:

    My favorite post so far was the Chinese Meat Sauce recipe from a few years ago. I still make it frequently and we ironically call it “Pork Crack”-it’s so addictive. I also liked the photos from your trans-Canada trip this summer. Keep on cooking!

  100. Emily says:

    I love the copycat recipes! I just made the eggslut breakfast sandwich despite living in Chicago and never have gone there and have been harassing my friends in LA about it. Keep the inspiration coming!

  101. Genie says:

    I love all the Totoro-themed baked goods :) It inspired me to get a Totoro cookie cutter!

    I especially appreciate the gift guides that you curate. It would be fun to see some more “essential” guides like your camping essentials and kitchen essentials posts.

  102. Zoe Ryan says:

    I love your one pot pasta recipes! I would love more gluten free recipes also :)

  103. Helen says:

    dan dan mian has been tried and true a recipe I’ve cooked time and time again :)

  104. Lynn says:

    My favorite recipe is the creamy pumpkin mac-&-cheese, and I would love to see more seasonal meal ideas with in-season produce!!

  105. Sally says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try in the cold winter months. My favorite recipe of yours is the cheesy french toast dish! I hope to learn more about your favorite restaurants and how you find new places to eat when you travel!

  106. Eileen says:

    My favorite recipe of the year is the giant German soft pretzels! Those look so amazing — I was reminded of them at our town’s German holiday market last week. I think you should post just what you want next year. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  107. Lois Kim says:

    i recently went to jasper and banff in canada, and your post was a huge help! really love to read about a foodie’s perspective on travels :)

  108. Lois Kim says:

    following! my instagram handle is @loiskimmy

  109. Cam says:

    These photos and meals looks so beautiful and delicious.

  110. Shirley says:

    Love coming to your website for your Friday Finds.

  111. Mollj says:

    One of my fav posts has been the Egyptian Kosheri Rice recipe, and I’d love to see more tips on food photography in the coming year!

  112. Agnes says:

    I loved your instant pot pho recipe…it’s really great for chilly evenings. I love the content already, so keep up the good work in 2018. You travel posts are always good to read. I also follow you on Instagram (@agneshchoi).

  113. Bianca T says:

    i like your One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Pancakes recipe :)

  114. Bianca T says:

    and i’d love to see more vegan recipes! i follow on insta @btfitnesseats

  115. Melody Phua says:

    I love your Japanese recipes! However, I would love to see more travel + camping/hiking posts! I already follow you! @hellomero

  116. shannon says:

    Just started following @finersarentwhiners – travel posts is my pick!

  117. Clarissa says:

    I’ve fallen in love with the middle eastern recipes as of late – particularly the egyptian kosheri one and fattoush. When I traveled around egypt, there were so many delicious foods and its hard to find anywhere in restaurants now that I’m home. Really intrigued to see what else you can make next!

  118. Isabelle says:

    I love all your recipes and have pinned so much of your pictures I can’t even count.
    – @isa.milk

  119. Lacey says:

    I love your Vietnamese and Japanese recipes (especially the Totoro theme ones), and my favorite recipe from the site is the Hainanese Chicken Summer roll! As for 2018, I think you should continue posting your travel photos, Japanese/Vietnamese recipes and Friday Finds. I follow on ig @laceystanage

  120. Brenda says:

    I don’t have much time these days so I would love more quick and easy recipes!

  121. Lindsay says:

    I love your pumpkin chocolate chip pancake recipe and all your travel posts.

  122. Kelsey says:

    This beef stew is actually my favorite recipe so far! I made it tonight and it’s fantastic! I’d love to see more of your travel posts, as well as photography posts!


  123. Hillary says:

    I would love to see more easy-to-throw-together meals. If they could be breakfast for dinner that would be even better!

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