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 with several large chains that specialize in it 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 (years ago), I enjoyed both of them and this is my favourite homemade version! You basically simmer onions in a broth seasoned with soy sauce, mirin and sugar until the onions are tender before adding the beef and cookinguntil the beef is just cooked before pouring it over rice in a bowl. These beef bowls are so easy to make at home, taking less time than it takes to cook the rice, and they are so good!
Add a poached egg with runny yolk!
Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)
Quick and easy Japanese style beef rice bowls that are just packed with flavour!
- 2 cups short grain rice, rinsed
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups low sodium beef broth and/or dashi
- 2 onions, sliced
- 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons mirin
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 pound beef, thinly sliced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Bring the rice and water to a boil in a small sauce pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring the broth, onions, soy sauce, mirin and sugar to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the onions are tender, about 2-3 minutes, before adding the beef and simmering until just cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
- Divide the rice between four bowls and top with the beef and onions garnishing with green onions.
Note: I like to go with a strip loin steak or a rib eye steak and flank steak cut against the grain is also great!
Option: Garnish with beni shoga (pickled ginger).
Option: Garnish with shichimi togarashi (seven-flavor chili pepper) or chili powder and sesame seeds to taste.
Option: Cook the rice in a rice cooker!
Option: Add extras like sliced shiitake mushrooms, green peppers, peas, spinach, shredded carrots etc.
Option: Add eggs! Either top with poached or fried eggs or add eggs to the beef, onions, and broth, and simmer until the eggs are just cooked, about 1-2 minutes.
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