Hi, Yuto (@sudachi.recipe) again.
Quick question for people who either have been to Japan or lived in Japan, “Have you ever been to Saizeriya?”
Saizeriya is a famous Italian-Japanese family restaurant found all over Japan.
It’s known for cheap yet delicious Italian-ish dishes and wines.
I grew up going to the diner very often and still go there sometimes, and it’s safe to say “The Doria” is the most iconic and loved dish in there.
What is “Doria”?
Yeah, what the hell is doria? You may ask.
Doria is a popular oven baked dish made of short grain rice, topped with white sauce, cheese and meat sauce. For almost entire my life, I believed Doria is an Italian dish but apparently it’s not!
Thanks Saizeriya for tricking me like that! But it’s Japanese style western food that was created by a Swiss chef called Saly Weil who worked at Yokohama Hotel New Grand back in 1930.
The original version was just risotto topped with bechamel sauce and baked in the oven.
What Ingredients are used in “Doria”?
This has evolved since then and the Saizeriya version has
- Turmeric rice
- Meat sauce
- Bechamel sauce
They named the dish Milano-style doria which doesn’t really make sense now because it’s not really from Milan.
Anyway, for anyone who’s missing Saizeriya dishes, the recipe is definitely for you!
Let’s enjoy home-made Saizeriya style doria at home!
Check out our video for Saizeriya-style Meat DoriaPrint
How to make Saizeriya style Japanese Meat Doria from scratch.
For the Rice
- 150g Uncooked short grain rice
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- A pinch of salt
- A handful of cheese
Meat sauce (see note)
- 100g Minced meat (see note)
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 tinned tomato
- 1 tsp flour
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- A pinch of curry powder
White sauce (see note)
- 2 tbsp Unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp All purpose flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 150ml milk
- 125ml Single cream
Cooking the Rice
- Cook the rice as you would usually do with 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tbsp butter
(Using a rice cooker is the easiest way. If you don’t have one, wash 150g short grain rice 3 times and soak in 200ml of cold water in your cooking pot for 30 mins. Add 1 tsp tumeric powder and 1 tbsp unsalted butter and mix. With the lid on, heat the pot of rice on medium until the water comes to the boil. When you can hear the water boiling, without removing the lid, reduce the heat to medium low for 5 mins. Continue cooking on the lowest heat for 5 mins. After the 5 mins are up, turn off the heat and leave for 10 mins. By leaving the lid on, the rice continues to cook in the steam.)
- Dice the 1/2 a white onion and 1 clove of garlic.
- Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil into the pan and heat on medium-high.
- Once it’s heated, add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 2 mins.
- Add 100g mince meat and cook until browned.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt, pepper and add the 1 tsp flour too.
- Pour in 1/2 a can of tomatoes and bring it to the boil.
- Once it starts boiling bring down the heat to low.
- Add 1 tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp sugar and a pinch of curry powder then simmer for 10 mins.
- Melt 2 tbsp unsalted butter in a saucepan on a low heat.
- Add 2 tbsp flour and a pinch of salt and pepper to make a roux.
- Gradually add 125m single cream and 150ml milk while whisking
- Turn up the heat to medium-low and cook until thick and creamy
Assembling The Doria
- Put the turmeric rice into an ovenproof dish
- Layer with the white sauce
- Add the meat sauce to the centre and smooth out into a round shape using the back of a spoon
- Sprinkle cheese around the edge (on the white sauce that is still showing)
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (or 390°F)
- Bake for 15 mins
We use beef/pork minced meat in our recipe but you can also use chicken or even a meat substitute if you want to make it vegetarian friendly.
It’s a short cut but you can use pre-made bolognese and white sauce if you don’t want to make sauces from scratch.
- Category: Yoshoku
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Japanese-Italian
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