Beef & enoki mushroom rolls

Japanese is probably my favourite type of cuisine, although I eat and like pretty much everything since I’m such a glutton. πŸ˜› There’s just so many dishes that I crave for all the time like the tonkatsu I mentioned in yesterday’s post, and the various sushi posts I’ve had in the past, even udons, sukiyaki, yakitori…the list just goes on. Tonight I was craving for sushi train when Yuye and I walked past one in Box Hill, but the lack of customers turned us off (no patrons means not fresh fish).

Japanese flavours are mostly very clean and light and very easy to eat. If you want to make Japanese food at home, you’ll probably survive by stocking light soy sauce, mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine), miso (fermented soy bean paste) and dashi (powdered bonito stock). These are all available from Asian grocery stores or major supermarkets.

This is another fast and easy recipe we made for our (sad and unfinished) recipe app for the iPad. You can use pre-sliced hot pot beef (available in Asian supermarkets) which will save a lot of time or use higher grade beef fillets cut into thin slices to wrap the enoki mushrooms. But of course, the better the beef, the better the dish tastes! Just make sure you slightly freeze the meat before you slice it or else it won’t come out as evenly or thin. If you have a meat slicer then even better.

Serve this dish as a side to a main, as a party canapΓ© or make lots of it and have it with a bowl of rice, whatever takes your fancy. Lamb can also be used to substitute the beef if you so desire.

Beef and enoki mushroom rolls
Time to prepare: 20 minutes
Time to cook: 10 minutes
Serves: 2


A Japanese appetiser featuring enoki mushrooms wrapped in tender beef and served with a citrus based sauce.

β€’ 150g beef scotch fillet, thinly sliced into 2mm thick slices.
β€’ 100g enoki mushrooms
β€’ 2 tbsp ponzu sauce
β€’ 1 tbsp cooking oil
β€’ 1 spring onion
β€’ 1/2 tsp pepper
β€’ 1/2 tsp Shichimi chilli
β€’ 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
β€’ 1 wedge lemon


1. Cut spring onions into 8cm lengths, then thinly slice them length wise.

2. Lay out 2-3 slices of beef with enoki mushroom and spring onion to one side as shown.

3. Carefully roll beef up, leaving the final seam facing downwards.
4. Repeat process with remaining beef, spring onion and enoki mushroom.
5. Season beef rolls with pepper, Shichimi*, sesame seeds and salt to taste.

6. Heat cooking oil in a pan at medium-high heat and fry rolls for 1min on each side or until cooked.**

7. Serve with ponzu sauce*** and lemon for dipping.

* Shichimi is a Japanese spice which contains 7 different ingredients such as black and white sesame seeds, ground red chilli pepper, ground Sichuan pepper, roasted orange peel, hemp seed, ground ginger and dried seaweed. Different brands may use different ingredients as substitutes.
** Place beef rolls seam side downwards initially when frying, as this prevents the rolls from unfolding.
*** Ponzu sauce is a citrus sauce available at well stocked Asian grocery stores. If unobtainable, you can substitute it with light soy sauce mixed with lemon juice and a bit of mirin or sugar to balance out the flavours.

Question time: Which country or type of cuisine is your favourite?

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  • Libby July 21, 2012, 5:37 pm

    I don’t have one single favourite cuisine but Japanese is definitely up there along with Vietnamese. And Italian. And French. And Chinese. Wah!

    Beef and mushroom = best combination there is πŸ™‚

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet July 21, 2012, 7:44 pm

    OMG OMG OMG i just went crazy and told Mr Bao that I want these for dinner tomorrow and maybe lunch on Monday πŸ˜‰ These look great hehe

    I use to say Japanese was my favourite…but then hehe now i think i like Korean and French more and ofcuz just DESSERTS in general HAHAHA

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 4:18 pm

      Hahaha they’re quite addictive I think…I’d be glad to eat these for 2 meals straight too. πŸ˜‰ I love Korean and French too! πŸ˜€ There’s just too much good food out there…and of course desserts. πŸ˜‰

  • love2dine July 22, 2012, 1:59 am

    that is my favourite, i love your presentation. how i wish to be your neighbour.

  • Lilly Sue July 22, 2012, 2:07 am

    Beautiful food photos!

  • The Squishy Monster July 22, 2012, 3:39 am

    How I adore Enoki! What a novel concept, I will be trying these soon!!
    Twitter: @aSquishyMonster

  • Charles July 22, 2012, 10:46 am

    This looks awesome Jenny – I love enoki mushrooms … they’re so cute and pretty and perfect for things like this too. Not sure if Japanese is my “absolutely favourite”, but it’s definitely up near the top of the list!

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 3:54 pm

      Yeah actually I had another hard think about it after I posted this…Japanese is definitely one of the top for me, but depending on the situation and what I’m craving, there’s plenty of other choices up there too! πŸ˜›

  • Maureen July 22, 2012, 12:46 pm

    Oh sharesies plese??? πŸ™‚

    I don’t think I have a favorite cuisine. If I’m homesick, it’s American. If I’m missing family it’s French. If I’m feeling chilly, it’s Italian. It’s okay to consider me weird.

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 3:49 pm

      Hahaha it’s ok, I have different cravings too depending on the situation…since my family’s 5 minutes away from me, I can always have Chinese when I want so I generally don’t crave for that..:P It’s cool to have a diverse background though! I would LOVE to have been born French. πŸ˜›

  • Christine July 22, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Love how you explained this dish. You photos are beautiful and easy to follow. Thanks!

  • tastyfoodsnaps July 22, 2012, 6:10 pm

    Japanese and Italian is my favourite cuisine! Your rolls look so yummy! *drools

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 3:45 pm

      Haha thanks! I love Italian too, although I think I like French even more…actually I’m not sure…I just like everything…:P

  • kitchenriffs July 23, 2012, 2:53 am

    Nice, easy dish. I freeze my meat for 20 or so minutes too when I want to slice it thinly – it makes things much easier. That overhead picture of your ingredients arranged in the tray is wonderful. My fav cuisine? I’ll eat almost anything. Oddly, though, I almost never cook Japanese – I really need to do that more. anyway, very nice post – thanks.

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 3:41 pm

      Yeah I find freezing the meat slightly helps a lot. I have a meat slicer at home but I rarely use it because it’s so hard to clean…

  • yummychunklet July 23, 2012, 6:34 am

    This dish looks almost better than the Japanese restaurant dish I had last night!

  • ATasteOfMadness July 23, 2012, 2:28 pm

    This looks absolutely perfect! I wouldn’t mind one of those right now!
    That question is too hard. I love all types of cuisine, I could never choose a favorite πŸ˜‰

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 3:36 pm

      Yeah I guess it is a hard question isn’t it…I suppose I can’t really say Japanese is my favourite if I really had to choose..there are certain dishes that I absolutely love and there are dishes from other cuisines that I love too…:P I just love food in general. Aha

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook July 25, 2012, 7:41 am

    Hi Jenny! Happy to hear you like Japanese cuisine, but I already know you like it from your posts and travel posts. πŸ˜€ You have been to Japan so you know what’s authentic (real) Japanese food. Here in the US, it’s almost impossible to find really good Japanese food that represents “Japanese” food… but I guess any cuisine can be like that in other countries… My favorite is Asian food in general and Italian food… Your Enoki beef rolls look delicious! I love how you setup ingredients and did step by step. Very artistic!

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 3:27 pm

      Thanks Nami! Yes it’s quite obvious from my posts isn’t it. πŸ˜‰ Even though there’s a lot of Japanese restaurants here, it’s also quite hard to find really authentic and delicious ones…it’s just not the same as when you’re in Japan, nearly every restaurant you walk into are authentic and quite nice…cheap too!

  • kikukat March 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I’d love to make this, but I’m not familiar with beef Scotch fillet. Do you know what the American name for this cut might be?

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake March 16, 2014, 4:52 pm

      Hi kikukat, scotch fillet in Australia and NZ refers to the rib eye cut of beef. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

      • Kikukat November 12, 2014, 4:57 pm

        Thank you for the clarification. I know and love rib eye so this must be oishii.


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