Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hibachi at home

Have you ever had a to die for meal at a Japanese "Hibachi" steakhouse before??  Like Benihana, Gasho, Kanki, Shogun, etc.?  I sure have.  I just love those places.  In fact, when my Mom was out here visiting in April we went took her to the one here.  Sure enough, it was just as good as the ones we'd had in CO and elsewhere.  :)  They start out with that crisp salad with ginger dressing, onion soup, depending on the place and time of day shrimp appetizer and then the real show and meal!  Steak or chicken perfectly cooked with veggies to compliment and rise to finish.  Oh and the sauces.  They seem to be the thing that varies the most between the different steakhouses, but they are always yummy! I just love, love, love it!  Can you tell?!? ;)  I just did the veggies, meat and rice (and one dipping sauce) this time.  But next time I will add more, and add more to this post too! :)

Anyway, when I got to feeling like some Hibachi yummy on the way home from work yesterday I remembered that I'd gotten some "Hot Oriental Mustard Powder" at Savory Spice last week.  So...I stopped at the store to grab some veggies and whipped up some delightful hibachi at home!!  :)  When my hubby walked in the door, I greeted him with "Welcome to Cindy's Hibachi House", dinner will be ready soon.  We both cracked up after that too....  On to how I did it! So you can too!  :)

Hibachi at Home:  Serves 4 Adults
1 lb. Chicken or Beef (count on 4 oz. per serving)
2 Onions, sliced
2 Zucchini, sliced
2 c. Mushrooms, sliced
1-2 c. Bean Sprouts (fresh)
Soy Sauce
Vegetable Oil (or other) 
1/4 c. Butter
Jasmine Rice, 2 c. uncooked rice prepared.
Sesame Seeds, optional

1.  First, cut up your meat into bite size pieces.  Cook it up in some preheated oil in a skillet or wok, adding some soy sauce when it is about cooked through.  ( I only seemed to manage to get a pic of the chicken cooking....)
 2.  Once the meat is cooked place it in an oven safe bowl and in a warm oven.  Slice onions and start cooking in a little bit of oil.
 3.  Separate onions and add soy sauce.  Let them cook until they are starting to get tender.  Then place them in an oven safe bowl and place in the warm oven.
 4.  Melt butter.  You could use oil again, but the butter gives it the real flavor of the restaurants.  :)
 5.  Add the sliced zucchini to the melting butter.
 6.  Add in the sliced mushrooms too.  Stir together and let cook for about 5 minutes with a lid on it.  Whip up sauce/s at this point if desired.  :)  The hot mustard sauce was a breeze with the powder.  All I had to go was add water.  :)
 7.  Add in fresh bean sprouts.  Let cook for 2 minutes, without lid.
 8.  Stir in the onions and add a tad more soy sauce.
 9.  Plate the meal.  Rice, veggies and meat.  
Hibachi Chicken
 Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
Hibachi Steak
This actually tasted just about identical to *what I remember* the actual restaurants tasting like.  The only difference was the sauces.  I didn't do a veggie dipping sauce (kind of just forgot) and the mustard was better yet also way HOTTER than any of the restaurants.  So next time I will definitely try to make a veggie sauce, and I may see if I can make the mustard taste more like the restaurant ones....or maybe not. ;)  

I also want to do the salad next time.  My Mom gave my sister and I a few years ago, a great recipe for a salad dressing like theirs.  So sorry, I won't be adding it on here.  But, I'm sure you can experiment with it for yourselves!!  Happy cooking!!!!

1 comment:

  1. really???? u gave us this delicious meal and u cant share the salad dressing recipe????
    well thanks for the recipe and the pictures : )


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