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We just returned from a once in a lifetime trip to Japan. We spent 3 weeks there and it was absolutely amazing! In addition to seeing some incredible places, we also had the opportunity to experience many Japanese foods. Some of these meals were in restaurants, but some took place in the AirBnb’s in which we stayed. One of the meals in an AirBnb was particularly memorable – Easy and Delicious Gyudon!
I had wanted to cook a Japanese dish myself when in Japan, and my friend Makoto, of @kyushu.island.cooking on Instagram, came to the rescue!
Simple and Few Ingredients Needed!
This recipe for Gyudon, literally “beef bowl”, is a Japanese dish consisting of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with ingredients including sake, soy sauce and mirin. The finishing touch is some pickled ginger on top.
This is Makoto’s recipe, and she recommended that I make this dish. She took time to consider what meal may be easy for travelers to create and she steered me to Gyudon.
The ingredients for Easy and Delicious Gyudon are: thinly sliced beef, onion, ginger, sake, mirin, soy sauce, water, sugar, and some brightly colored pickled ginger as a garnish. 🙂 You can buy most of these ingredients in your local Asian grocery, or shop Amazon for pickled ginger, mirin, and soy sauce, as seen below.
Easy and Delicious Japanese Recipe!
Prep takes around 5 minutes. Cook time takes around 10 minutes. I used ready made rice that just needed heating up to keep things simple and voila! In around 15 minutes you will have a delicious beef dish served on top of rice (beef rice bowl) that your whole family will adore!
Whether traveling or not, you will absolutely love this Gyudon! Deliciously simmered beef in gorgeous spices and served over rice topped with pickled ginger. Enjoy!!!
I didn’t have a Donburi bowl (Japanese rice bowl) to serve this in when I made it, but I think serving this dish in a Donburi bowl (such as the one below) would definitely enhance the experience. 🙂
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Easy and Delicious Gyudon Japanese Beef Bowl
- 1 lb sliced beef (thin) you should be able to find this at your local Asian market
- 1 onion sliced thinly
- 4 in ginger peeled and sliced into thin strips
- 1.5 cups water or beef broth
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sake
- 1/2 cup mirin
- 4 tbsp sugar
- pickled ginger for garnish – as much as you want!!
- Slice onion and ginger thinly.
- Put sliced onion, ginger, sake, water, mirin, sugar, and soy sauce in pan, and put it over middle heat and bring it to boil
- Add sliced beef, lower the heat, and boil it down for about 10 min.
- Serve rice in a “Donburi” bowl, put simmered beef over it, and decorate the dish with some pickled ginger
Dōzo omeshiagarikudasai (enjoy your meal in Japanese!)