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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course all
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 10 servings


  • frying pan
  • airtight container


Sweet and Sour Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) 5 servings

  • 300 g chicken thigh (1 boneless skin-on chicken thigh)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 ts Sake
  • 1 ts grated ginger
  • 1 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs potato starch (or corn starch)
  • oil for frying

〈sweet and sour sauce〉

  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 ts rice vinegar (any vinegar)
  • 1 tbs sugar

Beef Tsukudani

  • 300 g Thinly sliced Beef rib (any soft part of sliced beef)
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 20 g ginger
  • 1 tbs Sake
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs rice syrup (or corn syrup)


Sweet and Sour Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) 5 servings

  • Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
    Add in a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of Sake and grated ginger.
    Mix well until well seasoned.
  • Toss in potato starch and all-purpose flour.
    Dust the outside of the chicken well.
  • Deep fry the chicken at 170℃ for 4~5 mins until the outside is crispy and cooked through.
    Take out onto a wire lack and drip off any excess oil.
  • Put all the ingredients of sweet and sour sauce into a frying pan.
    Cook on medium heat until reduce and make a thick syrup.
  • Turn the heat off and put in Karaage. Toss to coat evenly.

Beef Tsukudani

  • Shred fresh ginger. Cut beef into 2 inches lengthwise.
  • Heat your frying pan on medium, Put in the beef. Loosen up the meat with chopsticks.
  • Add in sugar, ginger and sake, continue cooking until the meat separate.
    ※Sugar makes your beef soft, sake add Umami.
  • Add in soy sauce and rice syrup, cook until almost all of the liquid is gone.
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