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Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl

Thinly sliced beef and onion in an umami-rich sauce from dashi, sake, mirin, and soy sauce. Serve over a bowl of steamed white rice, and a side of miso soup.
Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl

Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl

If you have never tried gyudon (Japanese beef bowl) before, you have no idea what you have been missing. This Japanese dish consists of a bowl of steamed white rice, topped with thinly sliced beef and onion simmered in an umami-rich sauce from dashi, sake, mirin, and soy sauce.

Gyudon is one of the basic lunch and bento dish in Japan, this can be found in almost any Japanese restaurant. Fast food joints like Yoshinoya, Sukiya, and Matsuya practically build their empire selling this.

The price of a bowl of gyudon is relatively cheap compared to other typical Japanese fares. But, no matter how cheap they are being sold in restaurants, there is no way it can be cheaper than preparing it at home.

With the price of one portion charged in restaurants, you can easily make four servings at home, I am not kidding you. And when the recipe is ridiculously easy like this, it would be a sin not to give it a try. ♥

What do I need to make gyudon at home?

You will need:

  • 400 gram beef chuck, or other tender cuts like sirloin or tenderloin
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup dashi (homemade, or from 1 cup water + 1 teaspon bonito flavored dashi seasoning)
  • 6 tablespoon sake (Japanese rice wine), I prefer drinking grade vs. cooking grade sake
  • 4 tablespoon soy sauce, I prefer to use less sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon mirin
  • 3 tablespoon sugar

Since gyudon is always served on top of a bed of steamed white rice, you will also need 4 bowls worth of steamed white rice.

Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl

Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl

How to cook gyudon at home?

Let’s walk through the super simple steps to cook gyudon:

  1. Thinly slice the beef. It is much easier if you freeze the beef first before slicing.
  2. Half the onion, and slice thinly.
  3. Place all sauce ingredients (dashi, sake, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar) in a pan and bring to a rolling boil. Add beef and onion, cook until the sauce boils again, about 3-5 minutes. Then quickly turn off the heat.
  4. Divide the beef, onion, and sauce over 4 bowls of steamed white rice. Serve immediately.

What do I serve with gyudon?

Gyudon on its own is already a complete meal. In a gyudon restaurant, it is common for customers to add even more toppings to the basic bowl of gyudon, such as a raw egg, or a soft poached egg (onsen tamago).

On the table itself, it is common to see beni shoga (pickled ginger) and nanami togarashi (ground chili pepper).

Also, a gyudon meal set in Japan commonly includes a bowl of miso soup too. So if you wish to replicate that experience, feel free to follow my recipe to make a simple tofu and wakame miso soup at home. :)

Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Ingredients:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • 400 gram beef chuck (or any tender cuts, like sirloin or tenderloin, if you are feeling fancy)
  • 1 onion
  • Sauce
  • 1 cup dashi stock (homemade, or 1 cup water + 1 teaspoon bonito flavored dashi seasoning)
  • 6 tablespoon sake
  • 4 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon mirin
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • Must have
  • 4 bowls of steamed white rice
  • Good to have
  • 4 bowls of tofu and wakame miso soup
  • 4 raw eggs, or soft poached eggs (onsen tamago)
  • beni shoga (pickled ginger)
  • nanami togarashi (ground chili pepper)

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the beef. It is much easier if you freeze the beef first before slicing.
  2. Half the onion and slice thinly.
  3. Place all sauce ingredients in a pan and bring to a rolling boil. Add beef and onion, cook until the sauce boils again (around 3 to 5 minutes). Then quickly turn off the heat.
  4. Divide the beef, onion, and sauce over 4 bowls of steamed white rice. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  • Yumi Yumi says:

    This is the easiest recipe by far, youve made it so quick and simple. It tastes delicious! Im so happy that I can now make this whenever I want. Thank you :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yumi, thank you for trying the recipe :) I am happy that you find the recipe quick and simple to follow. Cheers! ♥

  • Pandan Pandan says:

    Mbak Anita, you're the best! Aku ngikutin resep Japanese curry roux and it was perfect! Mbak, mohon advise-nya, pengganti mirin dan sake yang muslim friendly tuh apa ya yang cocok? Ingin mencoba gyudon ini. :) Salam, Pandan.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Salam kenal juga Pandan :) Kalo rice vinegar ga pantang kan yah? Untuk 6 sendok makan sake, bisa diganti 1.5 sendok makan rice vinegar + 4.5 sendok makan air. Untuk 2 sendok makan mirin, bisa diganti 2 sendok makan rice vinegar + 1 sendok teh gula pasir. Semoga berguna dan selamat mencoba resepnya. Semoga suka juga.

  • Ashley Ashley says:

    Yum!! What a deliciously simple recipe!!!

  • Sara Welch Sara Welch says:

    I know what I will be having for dinner tonight; this looks too good to pass up!

  • Traci Traci says:

    So few ingredients...so MUCH flavor! What a gorgeous, simple recipe to make on repeat :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Paula Montenegro Paula Montenegro says:

    This was my first time making Gyudon and I can't believe how easy and delicious it was! Thanks for sharing a great recipe! Happy 2020!

  • Irina Irina says:

    Made it last night. This Japanese beef bowl was gone once I served it. Easy to make and a joy to eat. I have no other words, but AMAZING!

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