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Laputa's Beef Stew from Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ ) | Ghibli Food Inspired 🍲

Laputa's Stew from Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ ) 1986: A Japanese animated fantasy adventure film inspired by one Chapter of Gulliver's Travel: It is an adventures of a young boy (Pazu) and girl (Sheeta) in the late 19th century attempting to keep a magic crystal from a group of military agents, while searching for a legendary floating castle named Laputa.

"No matter how many WEAPONS you have, no matter how great your TECHNOLOGY might be, the world cannot live without LOVE" - Castle in the Sky, 1986

"I'm Pazu. I live alone in this hut. When I'm done playing, I give them this." " Ha, ha, ha!" "Heh, I'm relieved. At any rate, you look human. Until a little while ago, I was worried you were an angel or something." " Thanks for saving me." "I'm Sheeta."


"Laputa is an island floating in the sky."

"An island that floats in the sky?"

"Yes. And although it's said to be a legend... My father saw it! It's the photograph he took then. Although Swift wrote about Laputa in Gulliver's Travels, that was just a story. Father drew this from his imagination!"

"There's no one living there any more. But supposedly there's a lot of treasure there. But nobody believed it. Father died in Sagi, working on it."

"But, my father's not a liar. And one day I'll prove it!"

Sheeta is a 13-year old orphan who lived alone in a farm. She is actually of royal descent; once belonging to the long forgotten kingdom of Laputa. In one of the scene you may find Sheeta cooking some stew in a large pot for Dola and her sons. The pirate fall in love with Sheeta and in order to show their affection, they are happily volunteer themselves to help her prepare the food as long as it means being with her 🤣

To be honest, I'm not really sure exactly what type of stew does Sheeta cook. Some say its vegetable stew, some say beef stew and some also said that its a meatball stew. Well, I have some beef, potatoes and onion at home and the delicious stew looks more like beef stew to me so.... Beef stew it is! Japanese beef stew is called Nikujaga . Nikujaga was invented in 1800s by the Japanese Navy, which sought to emulate the beef stew served by the British Royal Navy at that time. Like a western stew, Nikujaga too contains meat, potatoes, onions and other ingredients braised together in a broth. Beef stew (Nikujaga) is one of my favorite entrees to eat, especially if it is a nice cold day outside!

The crews ended up gobbling the stew up within minutes and ask for more HAHAHA. The way they eat the stew makes it looks so delicious and... OMG I'm so hungry, let's go make some beef stew right now!

BEEF STEW INGREDIENTS (for 3 - 4 servings):

  • Beef chunks

  • 3 potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size)

  • 1 carrot (peeled and cut into bite size)

  • 1 large onion (diced into medium size)

  • Some frozen green peas (optional)

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1/2 TBS thyme

  • 2 TBS soy sauce

  • 1 liter beef broth

  • 2 TBS cornstarch (dilute in water)

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Olive oil (for cooking)


1. Add some olive oil in a big pot and heat it up. Add beef and fry until it turns completely brown.

2. Then add onion and sauté for 3 - 5 minutes. Ad garlic and continue to sauté for another 1 minute.

3. Pour in beef broth, bay leaves and thyme let it boil.

4. Once boiling, add in carrots, potatoes and green peas. Simmer for 30 minutes. Stir intermittently and make sure to remove the foam that collects on the side of the pot.

5. Add in soy sauce, salt and pepper. Mix until combined and finally add in cornstarch that has already diluted in water into the beef stew. Stir until incorporated. All done! Let's eat!

Beef stew (Nakujaga) can be eaten by itself with a some nice drinks as there are plenty of potatoes in it. It can also be eaten with rice. Like any stew, Nikujaga is also one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day, so you can go ahead and make a big batch and enjoy the leftovers for a few days!

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