Learn how to make Saizeriya's most loved dish, Milano Meat Doria! Turmeric rice topped with creamy béchamel sauce, flavourful meat sauce and tangy pecorino cheese.
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 "Milano Doria" is the most iconic and loved dish in there.
What is "Doria"?
Yeah, what the heck 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! Instead, it's actually 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.
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What kind of cheese is used for Doria?
It came to my attention that the term "cheese" in Japan is quite vague. If you go to supermarkets in Japan, lots of packed shredded cheese are labelled simply as "Mixed cheese (ミックスチーズ)" which is usually a mixture of Gouda, Cheddar, Mozzarella and/or Steppen cheese.
In this recipe, I originally used gouda and cheddar mixed shredded cheese and a hard cheese powder, but in fact, Saizeriya only uses pecorino cheese, not melty cheese.
Grated hard cheese like pecorino or parmigiano are important to add a rich, cheesy flavour to doria but you can add melty cheese too. I love cheese so I sprinkled extra melt-able cheese over the top. It becomes golden and delicious in the oven too.
Pre-grated hard cheese products in Japan are also often a mixture of different cheeses and labelled simply as "Powdered cheese (粉チーズ)".
For flavour (and a more authentic Saizeriya taste) use a hard grated cheese:
- Parmigiano (parmesan)
For a stringy melty texture, use a mild shredded version of one of these cheeses:
- Light Cheddar
Basically, if it's a cheese that you would use in lasagna, then you can definitely use it in doria too. The truth is, many different cheeses work in this recipe so have fun making doria with your favourite cheese!
Anyway, for anyone who's missing Saizeriya dishes, the recipe is definitely for you!
Let's enjoy homemade Saizeriya style doria at home!