Beef, onion and sweet soy rice bowl

Beef, onion and sweet soy rice bowl

Gyudon

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JapanEasy
Serves
4
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Gyudon – a humble bowl of beef on rice – is kind of like the Japanese equivalent of a burger. It’s fine for lunch, decent for dinner, but where it really shines is well into a night of heavy drinking. Sweet and beefy and savoury and satisfying (and almost impossibly cheap in Japan), it’s something I could eat for just about every meal, just about every day.

Not difficult at all

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
40g skirt/hanger/flank steak
2 tablespoons oil
4 onions, thinly sliced
2cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely julienned
200ml Sweet soy sauce
100ml dashi
4 large portions cooked rice
40-60g red pickled ginger
toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Method

  1. Place the beef in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up, then slice it against the grain into very thin strips.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) and add the onions. Cook over a medium heat until they are soft and brown, then add the beef and ginger. Let the beef brown a bit, then add the sweet soy sauce and dashi and let it reduce slightly, to the consistency of a thin syrup.
  3. Place the rice in deep bowls and spoon over the beef and onions along with the sauce, then garnish with the pickled ginger and sesame seeds. If this doesn’t make you feel all warm and wonderful inside, you may be some kind of robot.
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