Gyudon (牛丼), short for gyu donburi or beef rice bowl is a Japanese dish consisting of beef and onions on a bowl of rice. In Japan gyudon is fairly common and might even be considered a type of fast food similar to Mc Donalds, etc. There are several large chains that specialize in gyudon such as Yoshinoya and Sukiya. I made sure that I tried the gyudons at both Yoshinoya and Sukiya when I was in Japan on vacation and I enjoyed both of them.
Although I have not been successful at replicating the Yoshinoya or Sukiya gyudons I have come up with this recipe which is pretty tasty. You could easily replace some or even all of the dashi with beef stock. You can also add things like peas, green beans, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, grated carrots, etc.
1 serving beef (thinly sliced, or just cut into bite sized pieces)
1 onion (sliced)
1/2 cup dashi
2 tablespoons soy
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup rice (Japanese, cooked)
1 green onion (sliced)
1. Simmer the beef and the onions in the dashi, soy, mirin, and sugar in a small pan until the beef is cooked and the onions are tender.
2. Pour the beef mixture onto the rice in a bowl.
3. Garnish with green onions.
Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)
Oyakodon (Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)