Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How is Japenese Beef Bowl Cooked?

A Japanese beef bowl, also known as gyudon or gyumeshi, is a common meal consisting of rice and beef. The beef is typically simmered with a sweet sauce and thinly sliced onions until it is tender. A Japanese beef bowl requires about 15 minutes to make, not including the time required to cook the rice. It is best served fresh and hot, so make only as much as you plan to consume in one sitting. This recipe yields two to three servings.

Step 1

Pour the sesame oil into the skillet and place it over medium heat. After the oil has preheated, add the thinly sliced yellow onion and stir until it softens and turns transparent, or for about three minutes.

Step 2

Add the thinly sliced beef to the skillet and stir for about two minutes or until the pink color is almost gone. The beef will continue to cook after the sauce is added.

Step 3

Pour the water, mirin and soy sauce into the skillet and stir to coat the beef and onions in the sauce. Sprinkle the ginger over the top and blend it in while the sauce heats. Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for five minutes.

Step 4

Scoop 1 to 1 1/2 cups of rice into each serving bowl and top it with even amounts of the beef and onion mixture from the skillet. Serve the Japanese beef bowls while hot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Add your favorite vegetables to the mixture within the skillet to customize and add nutrients to the Japanese beef bowl. Thinly sliced mushrooms, crushed red pepper, ground white pepper, broccoli, thinly sliced carrots or green onions are all good additions to a Japanese beef bowl.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Skillet
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • Serving bowls

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