“Gyu” is Japanese for beef and “don” is the bowl it is served in. Gyudon is a donburi dish so that means ladling the hot beef over newly cooked rice.
There are many ways you can cook the eggs for your gyudon. You may poach it, boil it, or even crack it in the pan with the beef during the last few minutes of cooking. If you’re confident with the source of your eggs, you may even top the gyudon with a raw egg yolk.
There are only two ingredients that needs prepping. The first is onions which need to be peeled and thinly sliced. The second is beef.
You’ll need a tender cut of beef. Definitely not brisket or anything that requires long and slow cooking. The beef should be sliced thinly, no more than an eighth of an inch, and you’ll want to cut the thin sliced into strips.
When you’ve prepped both, heat cooking oil in a pan, spread the onion slices and cook with plenty of stirring until lightly caramelized.
Add the beef and cook, stirring often, just until the meat is no longer pink before pouring in the soy sauce, sake, mirin and dashi.
Let the beef and onion cook in the liquid uncovered. Stir them once in a while. Once the sauce reduces to a couple of tablespoonfuls, your beef and onion is ready to be ladled over rice and served.
Full recipe below
Japanese beef rice bowl (gyudon)
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 large onions - peeled and thinly sliced
- 500 grams thinly sliced beef - cut into strips
- ¼ cup dashi
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup sake
- ¼ cup mirin
- ¼ cup sliced scallions - to serve
- 3 cooked eggs - to serve
- Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan.
- Add the onion slices to the hot oil and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until softened and just beginning to caramelize.
- Turn up the heat to high, add the beef to the onion slices and stir to break up any clumps. Cook just until the meat is no longer pink.
- Pour in the soy sauce, mirin, sake and dashi, and stir.
- Turn down the heat to medium and cook, uncovered with occasional stirring, until the sauce has reduced to about two tablespoonfuls.
- Scoop rice into bowls, ladle the gyudon over the rice, arrange the eggs on the side and sprinkle with scallions.