This Gyudon (Beef Bowl) tastes just like the popular Japanese fast food Yoshinoya beef bowl with thinly shaven beef slices over a bowl of steaming rice.
]Yoshinoya is famous for thinly shaven beef and sweet onion slices over a bowl of steaming rice. I know that you can buy it pretty much everywhere at an affordable price, but I find out that making your own is actually very easy and economical. This is a foolproof recipe with 5 ingredients only.
What is Gyudon
Gyudon is literally a beef bowl (“gyu” means beef, “don” is short of donburi or rice bowl). Gyudon is actually fast food in Japan. It is one of Japan’s best-loved convenience foods because it is cheap, filling, easy to prepare, and eat. People in Japan usually want gyudon for a quick lunch or dinner whereas western people go to McDonald’s or KFC. You can find those Gyudon fast-food chain restaurants everywhere in Japan.
Tips for Making Gyudon
1. Use the thinly sliced beef
Most beef dishes in Japanese cooking, such as gyudon, shabu-shabu hotpots, sukiyaki, and yakiniku barbecue require thinly sliced beef. The thickness of the beef needs to be paper-thin because it makes cooking faster yet the beef still comes out tender. Japanese supermarkets sell these thinly sliced beef in packages, but it is probably pretty hard to get it outside of Japan.
You probably can ask your local butcher if they can cut it for you on a meat slicer or you can cut the beef yourself. Slicing the beef yourself is a very tough feat because cutting the beef evenly into very thin pieces is pretty challenging. First of all, choose a cut of premium-quality fatty beef because the fat will keep the sliced moist. Freeze the beef until firm and slice against the grain with a sharp knife into 1.5mm-inch thick.
2. Do not overcook
Gyudon takes a very short time to make due to the super-thin sliced beef. You need to be careful not to overcook the beef or it will end up with tough and dry meat.
I topped my Gyudon with Egg Mayo topping, just like the one I usually order at Yoshinoya in Indonesia.
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