This is always the “homecoming meal” when we are in Japan. But even if Aya’s mom is here visiting, Aya always requests it. It wouldn’t be a complete visit if we didn’t have this meal. I’ve made it once myself, but Aya’s mom always has the special touch.


Beef Stroganoff

400-600g (1 to 1.5lbs) thinly sliced beef (Aya’s mom bought top round and sliced it thin)
1 onion minced
1 6oz can of sliced mushrooms
1/2cup frozen green peas, or more to taste
1 clove garlic minced
1 bay leaf
3tb flour
2tb butter
1tb vegetable oil
3cups chicken or beef broth
3/4cup evaporated milk
1tb red wine
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Season the sliced beef with salt and pepper and coat it in flour, careful not to layer them.
  2. In a large pot, heat 1tb butter and 1tb vegetable oil and brown the beef.
  3. Add the broth and cook on low or medium heat for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a pan, heat 1tb butter and saute the garlic and onions and add mushrooms(drain and save the liquid in the can). Season with 1/2ts salt, pepper, and 1tb red wine.
  5. Add the garlic, onions, and mushrooms to the beef and add a bay leaf and the liquid from the can of mushrooms.
  6. Once the liquid thickens, take out the bay leaf.
  7. Continue to cook on low or medium heat for 1-1.5 hrs, add evaporated milk and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Add green peas and stir.
  9. Pour over rice.


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