Perfectly crispy Japanese style fried chicken served on crispy cabbage and fluffy white rice. Drizzled with mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of spring onion, this is the ultimate donburi dish if you're a karaage lover like myself!
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What is "karaage"?
So I'm sure you've heard of "karaage" before, most people know it as Japanese style fried chicken.
But did you know that the term "karaage" (から揚げ) is actually not the name of the dish itself, but actually the method of cooking?
Karaage means to fry without a batter. Rather than batter, karaage is always coated in a thin layer of flour or some kind of starch. This makes it lighter and less greasy, I find. (If it uses a runny batter or eggs or anything like that, it's not technically karaage!)
Not only that, but karaage isn't limited to chicken. You can make karaage with just about anything!
If you want to learn more about karaage specifically, check out my favourite Japanese karaage recipe here.
What is "don"?
Don (丼) is a Japanese word short for "donburi".
Donburi is simple, it means "bowl", more specifically, bowl of rice.
The rice bowl is always topped with something delicious. It can contain meat, fish or vegetables that could have been simmered, fried or raw. The possibilities are endless when it comes to donburi!
I'd say that about 99% of the time, donburi is made with Japanese short grain white rice. If you want to know how to cook rice to fluffy, sticky perfection, you can see my step by step guide on how to cook Japanese style rice on the stove here.
Watch how to make Karaage Don here!
I love donburi dishes. They're so filling, satisfying and versatile. You can check out some of my favourite donburi recipes below.
- Karaage Don (Fried chicken on rice)
- Katsudon (Deep fried pork cutlet with steamed egg and onions on rice)
- Gyudon (Simmered beef and onions on rice)
- Oyakodon (Chicken, egg and onions on rice)
- Yakiniku Don (Grilled meat in yakiniku sauce on rice)
There are too many great donburi recipes, it makes me hungry just thinking about them!
So, here's what you will need to make this Karaage Don:
- Karaage fried chicken
- Cooked rice (preferable white, short grain Japanese rice)
- Shredded Cabbage
- Spring onion
- Japanese mayonnaise (I use Kewpie)
It's very simple, and it's very delicious!
If you feel like you want to add a bit more, maybe you could add a soft boiled egg or some salad ingredients such as lettuce, cucumber or tomato. You can personalise the dish to suit your tastes!