Hey guys, it’s Yuto here from @sudachi.recipes and today I have a classic rice bowl dish to share with you. Thinly sliced beef cooked in a delicious dashi sauce with simmered onions, served on a bed of fluffy Japanese white rice. This recipe is based on a signature dish from a famous chain restaurant in Japan called "Sukiya". And now you can make it in your own kitchen!
What is Gyudon?
Gyudon is a delicious bowl of thinly sliced beef and onions that have been simmered in a delicious Japanese dashi sauce. You can see how to make the tsuyu dashi sauce we use in this recipe here. The meat absorbs the flavours and the sauce is also poured over the rice, it's seriously delicious!
In Japanese "gyuu" (牛) means cow, or beef in this context, and "don" (丼) is short for donburi, which means rice bowl. So the dish is only made with beef. Saying that, you can make a similar dish called "butadon" which is made with thinly sliced pork instead.
The history of gyudon goes all the way back to Meiji era and used to be called "gyu-meshi" which literally means beef rice.
Where to eat gyudon in Japan
These days it's commonly served in popular diners in Japan such as:
It's cheap, quick and considered fast food.
What kind of beef is used in gyudon?
Gyudon is a fast food dish so you shouldn't use expensive cuts of beef for this. Restaurants such as Sukiya and Yoshinoya use "short plate" (beef belly). In the U.K this is known as the brisket part and includes flank steaks and skirt steaks.
These cuts of beef are known for being a little tough so it's important to cut it thin.
If you buy a thick piece of beef, you can cut it thinly yourself by putting it in the freezer for a little while. You don't want it to be rock hard, just firm enough that you can cut it very thin. I'd say 30 minutes per ½ lb (approx 225g) of meat.
I've heard that the meat used for philly cheesesteaks in the U.S work great for gyudon. If you live in the U.K, you can use "thin cut beef steaks" which can be found in supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, they're not so fatty but they should still work.
This recipe replicates the feeling of fast food gyudon and needless to say, tastes amazing as well as being quick and easy to make at home!
Most ingredients are very easily accessible so why not try and make it today??
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of beef is used for gyudon?
If we're talking about the gyudon from popular restaurants like Sukiya and Yoshinoya specifically, they use beef short plate (beef belly).
What does gyudon taste like?
What kind of rice is used in gyudon?
Donburi dishes used white, Japanese short grain rice. You can see how to cook Japanese style rice here. Yoshinoya in particular state on their website (Japanese) that they use Japanese white rice specifically blended to match gyudon's taste.
What does gyudon mean?
Gyudon（牛丼) literally means "beef bowl" in English.
What should I serve with gyudon?
Popular ingredients to garnish with in Japan would be chopped spring onions, pickled ginger or raw/soft boiled egg.
Is gyudon beef bowl fast food?
From Japanese perspective, I consider Gyudon as "fast food" or "junk Food" and I believe many Japanese people think that way too.