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Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl)

Summer is here. The heat is at its worst between noon and early afternoon, the time we usually have lunch. To minimize the suffering, I’ve been cooking meals that require little preparation and even less cooking time. That way, the stove is on for the least amount of time and there’s less chance for heat to get stored inside the house.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl)

Yesterday, lunch was gyudon — that delightful Japanese meat and rice meal that takes no more than 15 minutes to make including preparation time. Thin, thin slices of beef are cut into strips, lightly fried and braised in soy sauce, ske, mirin and dashi.

How thin should the beef slices be? No more than an eighth of an inch. Some groceries and meat shops sell yakiniku-cut and sukiyaki-cut beef with the meat slices neatly arranged in an overlapping fashion in trays. If you can’t find pre-cut beef, choose a tender cut of beef (sirloin, tenderloin, to round, bottom round or rib eye) and ask the butcher to machine slice it for you.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl), Step 1: Soften onion in oil then add beef

Assuming you have already cooked your eggs and rice, there are three steps in cooking gyudon.

First, softening sliced onion in oil.

Second, adding the beef and cooking until the meat is no longer pink.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl), Step 2: Cook beef until no longer pink then braise in soy sauce, rice wine and dashi

Third, adding the liquid ingredients and braising the beef in them.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl), Step 3: Garnish gyudon with sclalions and sesame seeds

After that, simply garnish and serve over rice with fried egg.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl) Recipe

Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl)

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Beef, Egg, Rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 250 to 300 grams thinly sliced beef
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 packet dashi granules dissolved in 1/4 cup of hot water (or use homemade dashi)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • sliced scallions to garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Cut the beef slices into strips less than half an inch in width.
  • Peel and thinly slice the onion.
  • Heat two tablespoonfuls of cooking oil in a frying pan and cook the eggs, sunny side up. You can do this one by one, or cook the eggs at the same time. It all depends on how large your frying pan is. When the eggs are done, set aside and keep warm.
  • Heat the remaining two tablespoonfuls of cooking oil in the pan. Cook the onion slices over medium-low heat until softened, about three minutes.
  • Turn up the heat to high. Add the beef to the onion slices and stir to break up any clumps. Cook just until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Pour in the soy sauce, mirin, sake and dashi. Cook until the sauce is reduced to a few tablespoonfuls.
  • Garnish with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds (or add the garnishes after assembly).
  • To assemble the gyudon, ladle cooked rice in bowls. Top with the beef and egg. Spoon some sauce over the beef. Serve at once.
Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice Bowl) Recipe
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I travel to eat, drink and learn new cuisines. Between trips, I write travel stories and share travel-inspired recipes. That is my idea of retirement with purpose.

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