Updated: August 07, 2017
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What Is Gyudon and 2 Easy Recipes You Should Try

Gyudon is a rice bowl dish topped with simmered beef and onions that is commonly eaten in Japan. It is absolutely great and also easy to make. Gyudon recipes usually require dashi (Japanese cooking broth) and sake (alcohol), but you probably don't have them. So, I'll introduce two recipes, one without dashi and the other without sake.

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Gyudon (牛丼), literally means beef bowl, is a Japanese dish made of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onions simmered in a soy sauce flavored sauce. It has been very popular with all groups of people in Japan for over 100 years, especially after some fast food chain shops started to serve cheap gyudon.


Gyudon is a comfort food for the Japanese. It can be cooked at home easily in like 15 minutes using simple and a few ingredients. There are thousands of the sauce recipes, with or without sake, mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine), and dashi (cooking stock made from seaweed and fish). Today, I'll introduce two recipes, one without alcohol (sake and mirin), and the other without dashi. The process is the same, you just need different ingredients.

Ingredients (without sake)

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2 servings

- 1 onion
- 300g thinly sliced beef
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 bowls of steamed rice
- Pickled red ginger (topping)

- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 100ml dashi stock

Ingredients (withoust dashi)

- 1 tbsp sake
- 2 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce


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1. Slice onion thinly, and cut sliced beef into pieces.
2. Put all ingredients for the sauce into a pot and boil them
3. Add sliced onion and simmer for 2 minutes.
4. Add sliced beef and stir for a minute.
5. Cook them another 10 minutes over a low heat.
6. Prepare a bowl of rice and put the beef and sauce over it.
7. Top with pickled red ginger.
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Enjoy gyudon at your home!

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Gyudon is a quick, easy, and delicious dish. How about making for today's lunch or dinner?

Where to eat gyudon in Japan?

Gyudon is a popular fast food in Japan and you can eat everywhere at these chain shops!
I love traveling and eating. My favorites are everything matcha and cheesecakes.

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