Gyudon - Japanese Beef Bowl + Recipe

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Ever heard of the Japanese dish gyudon? In this article we will talk about the most common dish in Japan that is usually the meal of most Japanese people on a daily basis, let's talk about the famous Japanese meat bowl.

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Gyudon - Japanese beef bowl + recipe

What is Gyudon? What's your story?

Gyudon [ぎゅうどん] or [牛丼] literally means "Meat Bowl". This dish consists of a bowl of rice with thin slices of beef and onions cooked in a slightly sweet sauce.

The delicious sauce gyudon consists of dashi (seaweed and fish), soy sauce and sake, it can also include shirataki (a type of noodles made from potatoes konjac) and tofu. There are different variations of the dish, some with cheese or mayonnaise.

Gyudon emerged during the “Westernization Movement (文明開化 – Meiji Restoration)”, Western customs such as eating beef were adopted and spread across the country.

Gyudon - Japanese beef bowl + recipe

Where can I eat Gyudon?

Gyudon can be found in many Japanese restaurants and there are some fast food chains that specialize in the dish. The biggest Gyudon chains in Japan are Yoshinoya and Sukiya. Another big chain, Matsuya, offers the dish under the name gyumeshi (牛めし).

The dish has already won other versions with pork called butadon (豚丼) and a version with fishThe most common is sliced beef with lots of onions and sauce. I remember these fast foods have unagi, a dish with eel that I think fits the category.

In Brazil there are chains of some restaurants mentioned above, Sukiya has several stores in Brazil, most of them in the São Paulo region. This dish is also easy to prepare, so even if you don't live in Japan you can enjoy it.

The video below shows a little more about Gyudon:

YouTube video

Recipe - How to Make a Gyudon?

There are thousands of ways to prepare a Gyudon, you decide the amount of ingredient and seasoning for your recipe, but we will leave one here as an example, accompanied by 2 videos teaching the recipe.

  • Cooked Japanese rice (Gohan) (500 to 600g)
  • ½ teacup of water
  • 500g thinly sliced beef (against fillet)
  • ¾ cup shoyu tea (soy sauce)
  • ¾ cup mirin sake tea
  • 4 tablespoons of refined sugar
  • If possible put dashi or hondashi to taste
  • 1 teacup of white wine
  • Pickled red ginger (beni shoga) to taste

Gyudon preparation method

1 - Wash the rice until the water is almost clear, put it in a pan, add 3 ½ cups of water, let it soak for 30 minutes, cover the pan, put it on high heat, let it start to boil, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes. minutes.

Remove from the heat, let it rest with the pan covered for 15 minutes, with a wooden spatula moistened in water, gently stir the rice from bottom to top until it becomes looser and place a dish towel between the lid and the pan to absorb the excess. of moisture.

2 - In a pan put the 4 tablespoons of water, mirin, soy sauce, bring to a high heat, let it boil, add onion, lower the heat and cook until soft. Increase the heat again, add the meat, cook for 2 minutes, add the pieces of green onion, mix and remove from the heat immediately.

Fill 4 small bowls halfway with the hot rice, place the meat on top, spread the remaining sauce over the meat and serve immediately. For more details, see Santana's video:

YouTube video

We have another video from Tabemashou that shows yet another detailed way to make Gyudon:

YouTube video

Sources: "Wikipedia"

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