One of my favourite Japanese cartoon characters is Kinnikuman. He’s a clumsy version of superhero. Kinnikuman and I have one thing in common; we’re obsessed about food. Kinnikuman loves his gyudon (beef bowl) so much. He even has his dance move and theme song for it! Now, that’s beyond my ability.
Though I have no dance or song for my food but I sure do know how to make gyudon. This rice bowl is a perfect comfort meal for weeknight. There are lots of gyudon recipes out there. My recipe is just slightly different; I sear the beef first to render some the fat out of the meat and let the meat cook in its own fat for extra flavour.
In my town, there is a Japanese supermarket where I can easily pick up beef for Japanese style stir-fry which is thinly sliced ribeye. If you cannot get this type of preparation of beef from your local butcher, you can try freezing the beef about 1-2 hours, this will make it easy to slice it thin.
See the recipe and short video clip I’ve created below.
Gyudon (Beef Bowl)
100 g sliced beef
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon mirin
1/2 tablespoon sake
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon hon dashing
- make the sauce: on medium heat heat, bring water to a boil, add hon dashi, stir to dissolve, add soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar, bring it to a boil again, set aside
- sear sliced beef on medium heat until it’s sizzling on its own fat, add grated ginger, onion, and the sauce. Lower the heat and simmer until onion is tender
- serve on a bowl of steamed Japanese rice, sprinkle with chopped scallions, garnish with beni shoga (pink pickled ginger)
- option: Shichimi (flavoured chilli) can be used to add a bit of spicy flavour