Monday, August 26, 2013

Umani – Japanese Stew Root Vegetables

Umani is Japanese stew root vegetables with chicken. I had it in a small Japanese family restaurant recently and I fell in love with it immediately. So I tried to imitate the dish at home. My family liked it very much.  

Traditionally the main ingredients used are radish, carrot, lotus roots and burdock. Since the portion will be too big for my small family so I didn't add burdock. I also replaced chicken with pork belly as I need to “clear stock” in my freezer. If I were to cook again I would prefer to use chicken wings. 

Here is my version of Umani.

Ingredients: (serve 4)
300g-500g chicken thigh/wings/ pork belly
1 radish
2 lotus roots
1-2 carrots (depends on size)
6 shiitake mushrooms (pre-soak in water)
+/- 2 cups bonito flavoured dashi stock*
*I used water + 1 sachet (4g) of bonito dashi powder bought from Daiso

3 tbsp shoyu
3 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp sake
Sugar to taste

  1. Cut all ingredients into big chunks.
  2. Heat a deep pot with little oil; add meat and sauté till fat is released.
  3. Add mushrooms, sauté till fragrant.
  4. Add the rest of ingredients (see note), stir to mix and add stock to about the height of ingredients, add seasonings to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium low heat, stir occasionally, until all ingredients are fork tender and stock reduced by half or more.

Kitchen notes:
  1. You may want to add the lotus roots first to cook for a while before adding other ingredients as it takes more time to cook.
  2. Place a piece of baking paper/grease-proof paper on the ingredients helps to keep the moist and ingredients will be cooked faster.
  3. Suggest cooking this in advance and let it sit in the pot to allow all ingredients especially the radish to fully absorb the stock. 


  1. 哈哈,下次我到新加坡


  2. Angel, this stew sounds delicious! Can have it as a complete meal.

  3. 那天我也是炖煮了白萝卜,好吃呢 :)

  4. 看起来简单又好吃,用料都是我喜欢的,赶紧bookmark下来 找机会试一试,你的layer cake弄得好漂亮 我这么没有耐心肯定过不了关:(

    1. Yuyu,



    2. 真的很巧 其实之前已经读了这篇只是没时间留言。是啊 我也打算这个周末去daiso照着你的方子把材料买齐。

  5. Thanks for dropping by yesterday. Learn a new dish from here today. So you will think that the chicken wings will give a better taste than the pork belly? I love either one, hehe!

    1. Jessie,

      Thanks for dropping by too. Personally I prefer chicken wings than pork belly and the Jap restaurant also used chicken.

  6. Angel, 这个日式料理,看起来很美味哦!:)

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    1. Edith,

      Me too! Stew dish is easy to make and flavourful.

  8. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Hi Angel, this is yummy as all the ingredients are my fav!

  9. Hi Angel,

    I must be a mountain-tortoise for being not tasting this Jap dish before... They look delicious!


    1. Hi Zoe,

      I was a mountain-tortoise too until I had it recently in a family jap restaurant. Hehe. Just kidding. I don't see this dish in any other jap restaurant menu, I think it is rather a very homely dishes. In fact, this is not in the menu of the Jap restaurent I visited, it is a free side dish provided. Try it out! It is easy to make and delicious.

  10. I tried this last weekend an it turned out really good!! Easy and tasty, my husband loves it as well! Thanks for the recipe and thanks for ur 'online' help hehee

  11. thx for posting this..i never tasted this time i try to see if the jap restaurant has this..i would love to try that first :)

    1. Hi Lena,

      So far I don't see in other Jap restaurant. I guess this is very "home-cooked" style.

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  13. Thank you for sharing such unique dishes. Definitely want to try this,sounds fantastic!!!

  14. Hi Angel,
    This dish sound simple yet very flavouful. I never had this before thank you very much for sharing this wonderful dish here. Bookmarked :)

    1. Hi Mui Mui,

      You are welcome! I hope you will try it out one of these days.


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