Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

When I was an exchange student in Gifu, one of my host families would buy home Yoshinoya gyudon every once in a while. Eating there is apparently not something a 'good' young woman would do! In Japan (or at least in Gifu), the people dining at Yoshinoya were usually men (middle-aged, labourer sorts) with no wives. It was extremely cheap at only 280 yen!

I usually buy the cheapest cut of beef for this dish. The beef is sliced very thinly so it cooks quite quickly and will not be tough (not like stews which you will have to simmer for 3 hours!).

You will need:

500g stewing beef (riblappen in Dutch), sliced thinly
1 large white onion, sliced
about 320ml dashi (you can buy this at Jusco or at your local Asian shop)
5 tablespoons shoyu
3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon sake

i) Combine shoyu, mirin, sugar,sake, dashi and onions in a saucepan on heavy-bottomed pot. Simmer until onions are tender (about 5 minutes)

ii) Add the beef and simmer for about 30 minutes.

**Serve with steamed Japanese rice and benishoga (optional)**

Dutchman made breakfast for me this morning! He says I have to post a picture of it here so that you know he can cook as well... ;)

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