Sweet and salty, gyudon is thinly sliced beef cooked with softened onion slices in a mixture of dashi, sake, mirin and soy sauce, and served over rice. We like to add eggs and scallions.
“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.
Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)
- 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.