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Gyudon Beef Bowl – Quick and Easy Yet Delicious

Gyudon Beef Bowl

Gyudon beef bowl is my ultimate comfort dish for those days when the kitchen feels like a distant battlefield, and I just don’t have the energy to conquer it. It’s the culinary equivalent of a warm hug on a chilly day—simple, and satisfying. With effortless preparation and mouthwatering flavors, Gyudon has become my go-to meal whenever I crave something easy yet delicious. Join me as we unlock the secrets to crafting the perfect Gyudon Beef Bowl, a dish that promises to elevate your taste buds with every bite.

What you need

Main Ingredients

  • 8oz thinly sliced beef
  • 1 tbsp oil 
  • Onion, sliced
  • Ginger, sliced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Steamed rice
  • 1/8 cup water

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp mirin sweet sake
  • 1 tbsp regular soy sauce
  • ¼ tbsp dark soy sauce

Garnishing

  • Egg yolk
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions
  • Japanese beni shoga/ginger pickle

How do you make Gyudon Beef Bowl?

  • Marinate the Beef: In a bowl, marinate the beef with mirin, sake, regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and cornstarch. Allow the beef to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they turn golden brown and fragrant.
  • Once the onions and garlic are caramelized, add the marinated beef to the skillet. Spread it out evenly to ensure each slice cooks evenly.
  • Add water and allow the beef to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Build Your Bowl: cook your steamed rice. Once the rice is ready, spoon it into individual serving bowls. Top each bowl with a generous portion of the beef.
  • Garnish your Gyudon bowls with an egg yolk, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onions, and Japanese pickled ginger. These vibrant garnishes not only add visual appeal but also enhance the dish’s flavor profile.
Sliced Beef

What beef cut do you use for Gyudon

When preparing Gyudon, it’s essential to choose a thinly sliced beef cut that cooks quickly and remains tender. Typically, Gyudon is made using thinly sliced beef chuck or ribeye. These cuts offer the perfect balance of flavor and tenderness, ensuring that each bite of your Gyudon Beef Bowl is juicy and tender. 

If you can’t find pre-sliced beef, you can ask your butcher to thinly slice it for you, or you can slice it yourself against the grain. The key is to keep the beef slices thin to ensure quick cooking and maximum flavor absorption from the sauce.

Mirin Sake

What if I don’t have sake or mirin?

If you don’t have sake or mirin on hand, you can certainly substitute with a sweet white wine like Moscato. While sake and mirin have unique flavors commonly found in Japanese cuisine, sweet white wine can offer a similar sweetness and depth to your Gyudon beef bowl sauce.

When substituting, you may want to adjust the proportions slightly, as sweet white wine can be slightly sweeter than sake or mirin. Start by using the same amount as you would for sake or mirin, and then taste and adjust as needed.

I bought the mirin sweet sake from the local store, but you can buy it from Amazon. Here is the link – SUSHI CHEF Mirin Sake Sweet, 10 FZ

Gyudon Beef Bowl

What is the red pickle (beni shoga/kizami shoga)?

Beni shoga, also known as pickled ginger, is a vibrant and tangy condiment commonly used in Japanese cuisine, including in dishes like Gyudon beef bowl. Unlike the pink pickled ginger slices often served alongside sushi, beni shoga is a type of pickled ginger that’s been dyed red with umezu (plum vinegar) or red perilla leaves. 

This crimson-hued pickle adds a pop of color, complementing the rich umami of the beef and the savory of the sauce in Gyudon. Its slightly tangy and refreshing taste provides a contrast, enhancing the overall flavor of the bowl.

Beni shoga is typically thinly sliced and used as a garnish, sprinkled atop dishes just before serving. 

You can substitute beni shoga with regular pickled ginger if you don’t have it on hand.

Gyudon Beef Bowl

Gyudon Beef Bowl

Gyudon beef bowl is my ultimate comfort dish for those days when the kitchen feels like a distant battlefield, and I just don’t have the energy to conquer it. It’s the culinary equivalent of a warm hug on a chilly day—simple, and satisfying. With effortless preparation and mouthwatering flavors, Gyudon has become my go-to meal whenever I crave something easy yet delicious. Join me as we unlock the secrets to crafting the perfect Gyudon Beef Bowl, a dish that promises to elevate your taste buds with every bite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Beef, Dinner, Lunch, Rice
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • 8 oz thinly sliced beef
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Onion sliced
  • Ginger sliced
  • Garlic minced
  • Steamed rice
  • 1/8 cup Water

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp mirin sweet sake
  • 1 tbsp regular soy sauce
  • ¼ tbsp dark soy sauce

Garnishing

  • Egg yolk
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions
  • Japanese beni shoga/ginger pickle

Instructions
 

  • Marinate the Beef: In a bowl, marinate the beef with mirin, sake, regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and cornstarch. Allow the beef to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they turn golden brown and fragrant.
  • Once the onions and garlic are caramelized, add the marinated beef to the skillet. Spread it out evenly to ensure each slice cooks evenly.
  • Add water and allow the beef to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Build Your Bowl: cook your steamed rice. Once the rice is ready, spoon it into individual serving bowls. Top each bowl with a generous portion of the beef.
  • Garnish your Gyudon bowls with an egg yolk, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onions, and Japanese pickled ginger. These vibrant garnishes not only add visual appeal but also enhance the dish’s flavor profile.

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