In Japan, rice is usually served plain; a meal is not complete without rice!
However there are some dishes that are meals in a bowl: donburi! A donburi is a big bowl of rice topped with foods cooked in a savory/sweet sauce. You can eat donburi dishes at many casual and chain restaurants all over Japan; you can easily make donburi at home. When you want something to eat: FAST, you can’t go wrong when eating donburi! There are donburi toppings made with vegetables, seafood, beef, pork, or chicken.
Sweet Simmered Beef and Onion over Rice
serves 3 as a main dish
- 3 cups freshly cooked plain white rice
- 1 1/4 cups dashi (basic Japanese stock)
- 2 Tablespoons sake
- 3 Tablespoons mirin
- 1 Tablespoon sugar (original recipe: 1 1/2 TBS.)
Combine the dashi, sake, and mirin in a medium skillet, and bring the mixxture to a boil over medium heat. Add the sugar, and stir until it dissolves. Reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes.
- 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
- 1/2 pound beef sirloin, cut into thin slices across the grain
- 3 Tablespoons shoyu
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten (I prefer not to beat the eggs)
Add onions and cook until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the beef, and cook 2 minutes. Add the shoyu, and cook for 2 more minutes. Pour the eggs over the beef and onions. Cover and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Divide the cooked rice among individual large serving bowls, and top with portions of the beef, onion, egg mixture. Pour a generous amount of the cooking broth over each serving. Serve with chopsticks and a spoon.
The cucumber and tomato salad on the side was dressed with a a dressing made with rice vinegar and soy sauce. This dressing can be used with raw or cooked fish, shellfish, and vegetables. It’s also nice on grilled meat.
- 1/4 cup komezu (rice vinegar)
- 2 Tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)
In a small saucepan, combine the ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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