There’s nothing better than a comforting simple meal after a busy day. And this Japanese beef rice bowl, known as Gyudon, fits the bill perfectly. Though it’s super quick to prepare, that doesn’t take away the bursts of flavor that you’ll get with every bite. Even without the mirin or sake! We have the beef that’s sweet and full of umami taste mixed together with caramelized onions, then placed on top of a bed of rice.
I always love to top it off with an egg, though it’s not really necessary. There are a few different ways that I’ve seen people cook the egg, be it scrambled, fried or poached. But my favorite way to eat this is onsen style, with the yolk turning runny once I break it with my spoon.
Here are a few more Japanese recipes for you:
- Karaage Don
- Easy 15-Minutes Chicken Teriyaki (No Mirin and Sake)
- Salmon Mentai Aburi Don
- Chicken Udon Stir Fry
- Japanese Creamy Curry Udon
Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)
- 1 onion sliced
- 3/4 lb thinly sliced beef
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp dashi granules see notes
- 3 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar see notes
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- green onions garnish
- In a bowl, make the sauce by mixing water, dashi granules, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey and sugar.
- Pour the sauce into a pan and bring to boil over medium heat.
- Once it starts boiling, add the onions and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the onion the onion is cooked.
- Add the beef and stir. Continue cooking until the beef is cooked.
- Pour the beef, onion and sauce onto a bowl of rice. Add an onsen egg and garnish with green onions. Enjoy!