Updated: November 06, 2018
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Taco Rice: Japan's Take On Tex-Mex Food!

Taco rice is a popular dish in Japan that originates from Okinawa. Simply put, it's taco filling on a bowl of rice with a few Japanese twists! Here's a brief presentation of what it is and how to make it!

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Taco Rice

Taco rice is perhaps one of the most represenative example of the cuisine of Okinawa. Far from the four main islands of Japan, the tropical island of Okinawa developped its distinct food culture through influences that differed from the rest of Japan. Taco rice comes from the influence of the large presence of the US military personnel stationed on the island.
On top of the rice, you'll generally have letuce with minced meat cooked in a chili sauce. And to create something that resembles the Tex-Mex flavor people in America love, the Japanese season their dish with soy sauce, sweet mirin, sake.

Japanese Taco Rice Recipe

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Japanese Taco Rice is pretty simple to make! Here is a recipe to try it out. For 4 people, you will need the following:

< 4 servings of rice >
< about half a head of lettuce >
< cheddar cheese to taste >
< cherry tomatoes >
< 400 g. of minced meat >
< 1 onion >
< 4 cloves of garlic >
< 3 tbsp of soy sauce >
< 1 tbsp of sake >
< 2 tbsp of mirin >
< 2 tbsp of ketchup >
< 4 tbsp of chili sauce >
< olive oil >

STEP 1: First you must prepare the ingredients. Finely chop the lettuce. Grate the cheese. Mince the garlic and finely chop the onion.

STEP 2: In a frying pan over medium heat, fry the garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Then add the chopped onions and fry a little more before adding the minced meat.

STEP 3: Add the soy sauce, sake, mirin, ketchup and chili sauce and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.

STEP 4: On top of a bowl of rice, place some lettuce and then add some of the content of the frying pan on top. Add some grated cheese and decorate with some cherry tomatoes cut in half.

Your bowl of taco rice is now ready for you to enjoy! Taco rice has many variations, so add anything that would generally taste good in a taco!
Adding some mayonnaise on top is a pretty common too.
Avocadoes are also a nice addition.
Perhaps best of all is topping the bowl with a soft boiled egg!
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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