Sukiyaki is sometimes prepared tableside in restaurants; chefs stir-fry strips of beef, then add tofu and vegetables. Instead of beef, Grace Parisi opts to cook chicken breast with light tofu, mushrooms and spinach in a minimal amount of canola oil, then serves the dish with a mild soy sauce broth and steamed rice. Slideshow: Japanese Recipes
Dashi is a clear Japanese stock that's often made with dried bonito (tuna) flakes and water. It is available in powdered form at Asian markets. In place of the dashi and water called for here, you can use 1 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth mixed with 1 1/2 cups of water.
Sake: Soft, creamy Hoyo Genji Shining Prince Junmai. Pairing by Rick Smith and Hiroko Furukawa of New York City's East Village sake shop Sakaya (sakayanyc.com).