‘Cream Stew’ is a very popular dish in Japan. When the weather is getting cold, we often see TV ads of ready-made cream stew roux and we start to crave for the dish. My children loved it when they were young. And now? They still love it. I don’t use read-made roux. It’s a quite simple dish to cook. Why don’t you try it on a cold day like today?


4 Servings


400g Chicken Thigh Fillets
1 large Onion
1 large Carrot
2 Potatoes
1 tablespoon Oil
2 cups Chicken Stock *OR 2 cups Water & 1 Stock Cube
1 Bay Leaf
Salt & White Pepper

Roux Ingredients

50g Butter
4 tablespoons Plain Flour
1 cup Milk

  1. Prepare vegetables first. I recommend to cut Onion and Potatoes into large chunky pieces. Slice Carrot about 1cm. Cut Chicken Fillets into 4 to 5cm chunky pieces.
  2. Heat Oil in a pot over a medium to high heat, cook Chicken for a minute. Add vegetables, Chicken Stock and Bay Leaf, and bring it to the boil. Reduce heat to medium to low and cook until vegetables are soft.
  3. Meanwhile, make the Roux. Heat Butter in a saucepan over medium heat until melted and foaming, add Flour and cook stirring until mixture bubbles. Slowly add Milk, stirring constantly until it thickens. The Roux is very thick and it is paste-like.
  4. When vegetables are just cooked, taste the soup and season with Salt & White Pepper as required, then add the roux.
  5. Gently stir to let the roux dissolve, cook for a few more minutes over a low heat. Add extra Milk or Water to thin if required.