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Japanese beef bowl

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes


2 Servings



About the Recipe

Japanese beef bowl may be a literal translation of "gyudon" but it does this dish no justice at all. This recipe is about a lot more than "beef in a bowl." Not only does it make a satisfying and tasty meal but it also represents a little bit of Japanese history (read my blog post on gyudon to find out more...) But if you're more interested in the recipe than the history, I quite understand! Read on below for the ingredients and the "how to."


1 onion

1 beef rump steak (250g)

90ml water

1 tsp Japanese dashi stock granules

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp Japanese cooking sake

3 tbsp soy sauce

450g cooked rice

toppings (optional)

some cress

some red pickled ginger


slice the onion

slice the beef steak as thinly as you can

put the water and dashi stock granules in a jar or small measuring jug, then add to the frying pan

add the sugar, sake, soy sauce & onion to the pan and cook for 4-5 mins over medium heat

add the sliced beef and simmer for approx. 4 mins

to assemble: 

fill each bowl with a generous portion of cooked rice.  pile 1/2 of the beef and onion onto the rice in each bowl and pour over some of the sauce

top with some cress and red ginger

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