|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||26%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 74g||27%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 12g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
One of the most popular rice bowl dishes in Japan is gyudon—simmered beef served on top of steamed rice. Gyudon (or beef bowl) is like a comfort food for the Japanese. It can be prepared quickly and it has nutritious ingredients like beef, onion, rice, and sometimes egg. This is a great meal when you have a full schedule until dinner time. If you are tired of ordering in a pizza, think about gyudon tonight.
In Japan, gyudon is sometimes served with a raw egg yolk or onsen tamago (poached egg) in the center of the meat and onion mixture. As raw eggs are not recommended in the U.S., you can try making onsen tamago by pouring beaten eggs into the pan right before serving so that they will be cooked.
Another comfort food is nikujaga—“meat and potatoes” or the Japanese version of beef stew.
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"Aside from finding kombu for the dashi, this recipe was easy to shop for and make. Plating the beef over rice as soon as it goes from pink to cooked is key to a tender, juicy finished product. Don't overcook the beef, or it will get tough." —Jess Kapadia
1 1/3 cup dashi soup
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons mirin
1 teaspoon sake
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 pound beef loin, thinly sliced and cut into 2-inch pieces
4 cups steamed Japanese rice
Benishoga, or pickled red ginger, for optional garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Put dashi, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and sake in a large pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Add onion slices and simmer for a few minutes or until softened.
Add beef to pan and simmer for a few minutes until cooked.
Serve hot steamed rice into individual deep rice bowls. Put simmered beef on top of the rice. Top with some optional benishoga.
- If you don't have an Asian food market nearby that sells thinly sliced beef, you can buy the beef loin whole, freeze it for 20 minutes to help with slicing, and then slice it thinly yourself. This method will take you about 5 minutes to slice. As such, you'll need to add a little more time when prepping.