Beef Donburi with Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce

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I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  This past Saturday my Chicken Adobo made it Top 9 dish on Foodbuzz.  To me and my husband, it was really like winning the lottery because we didn’t expected it at all.  I would like to thank all my readers for visiting my site.  I’ve been working hard for my website and I really appreciate your time here.  And for those of you who found me through the Foodbuzz Top 9 link, welcome!  I am sincerely happy if you enjoy my website and recipes.

Now let’s talk about today’s recipe.  In my previous post (just below), I talked about this great sauce called Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce.  Today’s recipe is a Beef Donburi using this sauce.

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Beef Donburi with Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce
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Serves: 3-4
  • 1 Tbsp. sake
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  1. Cut the meat into strips. Slice onion and shiitake mushrooms thinly. Cut potato into thin strips. In a medium bowl, combine seasonings and mix well.
  2. In the medium bowl, add meat and mix well with hands.
  3. Sprinkle corn starch and mix with hands again.
  4. In a non-stick frying pan heat oil on medium high heat. Corn starch will easily stick to the pan, so I would recommend using non-stick frying pan. Add the onion and potato and cook until they are soft.
  5. Add the meat and shiitake mushrooms in the pan and cook thoroughly until the meat is done (*shiitake is missing from the picture below).
  6. Add sugar and Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce and mix all together.
  7. Cook for a few minutes. Put rice in a donburi bowl and serve the beef on top of the rice. Take out shiso from the container and cut into thin strips. Put them on top of the beef and serve immediately.
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  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog Nami – I too love YOUR blog! I often don’t have time to get decent pics of dinner with 2 young kiddos at my feet while I’m cooking but I appreciate good wholesome recipes like you dish up. I’m so happy you had such a great response to your last post. Congrats again!

    • Hi Katrina! I hear you… I have almost 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter and they always hang around the kitchen to wait for my food. I now cook dinner during their nap time so I have time to take step-by-step pictures. But my son will stop napping soon…then I don’t know what to do! Haha. Thanks again for coming to my site. I really need to learn baking from you – as you see here I have almost no baking recipe… >_<

    • Hi Sandra! I love potatoes…and when I get a chance I’d add potatoes. But my Chinese husband thinks it’s strange that potatoes are in there. We always talk about why Japanese like potatoes so much vs why Chinese don’t like potatoes. It’s endless conversation we always have.

  2. Nami, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for shiso…this looks like a yummy dish! And hooray for your Top 9! Such a huge accomplishment :)

  3. Yum, I need to get meat for this and make the shiso garlic soy sauce :) Can’t wait to try it!
    I’m making the Chicken Adobo now :) will let you know how it turns out :)

    • Hi Suzana! Your chicken adobo was AWESOME! It’s been a chain reaction going on between us. It all started from your crepe. I want to bake the buns you just posted but afraid of my daughter picking raisins and not eating the rest. #2 kid is very hard to reason! LOL.

      • Hahahah it goes with being a girl first LOL I know, I have one 😉 and trust me it can’t be worst with number 2 as is with an only child and a spoiled one at that ROFL!

  4. Hi Nami, your blog has so much interesting information about Asian cooking, I am thinking I could substitute your beef (which I don’t eat) with chicken – do you think that would work? (… I would consider myself still illiterate about Asian cooking, although there are many dishes I love to eat, with the exceptions of chow mein and fried rice, I have never successfully cooked an Asian meal to my satisfaction).

    • Hi Chris! Of course you can substitute with Chicken. :-) It’s like me who’s trying to bake. I don’t really bake sweets so I’m a bit hesitant to start. I can only bake very basic things…that doesn’t include cupcakes! I hope I can introduce some Japanese dishes that you might be interested in. Thanks for your visit Chris!

  5. I love these dishes you have been posting…they all look so great. This has my mouth watering, especially with that garlic soy. Yum!
    Congrats on getting in the Top 9 with the other dish, too!

  6. As I sit here in my kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner, I wish instead that I had a big bowl of this donburi. It would make me happy, yes, it would! Yum yum!

  7. This is a lovely rendering of donburi. This was available in the dining room of the company for which I worked before my retirement. I had it often. This is my first visit to your site so I spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

    • Hello Mary! Thank you for visiting my website and I appreciate your feedback here. I hope you will come back to my website for new posts. :-)

  8. Woo-hoo and more Congratulations to you! Your recipes and pictures are so great you deserve to be recognized! This sauce is a perfect example of why.

    • Hi Sandra! Thank you for your compliments. :-) On the other hand I can’t even bake cupcakes and don’t even know how to make frosting…..hopeless?

  9. Nami, I don’t know how you have time to write this wonderful blog with those little ones! You are amazing!
    I’m loving this dish, the sauce sounds fantastic and I can see this one being a family pleaser to my entire family.
    Congrats on the Top 9, I saw the dish up there and it was beautiful!

    • Hi Kim! Thank you. Well, I mostly work when kids are napping or sleeping at night. Like today it’s almost 2:30 but I’m still up! Well, I just had too much coffee today…. Thank you for your kind words Kim! :-)

  10. Nami, I’m so glad you stopped by blog. If you look in the rightmost column you’ll find a spot where you can register for email and friends connect. I am also on Facebook. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Mary, thanks for letting me know – I don’t use Google Friend Connect and I couldn’t find your facebook page (you prob have an account only). It’s okay, I just signed up to subscribe via email. Thank you so much Mary!

  11. This donburi looks absolutely delicious Nami (as always!) You definitely deserve the Top 9 recognition! Visiting your blog is one of the highlights of my day! =)

    • Peggy – you are too sweet… thanks for the compliment. I feel like I cook donburi dish too often. When I’m lazy, I always think of pasta or donburi. Heheheh…

  12. Hi Nami! This is my first visit to you site and I am so impressed. This will be a wonderful resource for Japanese cooking. I like how clear your recipes are and the extensive photos are so helpful. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I promise to come back and visit to see what you are cooking!

    • Thank you Terris. :-) I make the directions simple for myself…but the steps get too long because I don’t write a lot per paragraph. =P I’m glad you like my website. We started this year around the same time. So much to learn, isn’t it…? Thanks for your visit. :-)

  13. Anything with garlic, I m in.This looks so perfect for a quick dish.I do not eat beef but would love to try this with chicken.I love the simple flavors here.
    Congrats again on the Foodbuzz#9.I m so glad to have found your blog!

    • Hi Tanvi! Haha you are a garlic lover. Sure chicken will be good too. It’s really amazing what we can cook with such simple flavors. Thanks Tanvi!

  14. Hi Nami-Did check out your blog, just like I mentioned on foodbuzz! Love this comforting and delicious this, as some of the previous ones. Will browse through some more to spend more time on those amazing dishes, and sauces you make!
    Love your blog…come by and visit my blog, as well!

  15. Oh Nami, I just planted shiso this weekend…will definitely make the sauce…the beef dish looks fabulous…would love to have this with a bowl of rice. Have a great week ahead :-)

    • Hi Juliana! You PLANTED shiso! How envious! Deers come to my backyard and so do all kinds of animals, so we can’t plant anything. We have cactus now… Enjoy using shiso for your cooking!

  16. Hello Nami,

    This looks really good. I love how clear your instructions are too. Its brilliant that you’ve added pictures so that people following the recipie can see if what they’re cooking looks the same as what the expert has cooked!


  17. Hi Min! Yes, we all love less than 30 minute cooking for weeknight dinner. This sauce is really easy so I hope you can find Shiso to make this. :-)

  18. jody

    i have not been able to find shiso leaves here. is there something i could substitute? do they have a powdered shiso?

    thank you and Happy 2013!

    • Hi Jody! I’m really sorry to say but shiso leaves are not replaceable for this recipe. If there is no Japanese store around you, check Korean market (if there is any). Korean and Japanese cuisine use shiso leaves often, so you can find it most likely… Or we need to plant the seeds by ourselves….which I’m thinking of doing one day. 😉

      Happy New Year to you and your family!

  19. katie

    Hi I had a question about the meat. Last time I went to a Japanese supermarket I remember seeing shabu shabu meat. I thought I remember it being pretty expensive how much is a regular package generally cost? Is this package you’re referring to a basic pound or much,much less? Please help me! Thanks.

  20. Josie

    After trying your yakisoba on Sunday, I just had to try this dish tonight. Another success! My husband loved it. The shiso garlic soy sauce is amazing – can’t wait to use it in lots of other dishes. I also made your pickled daikon, as I had some leftover from another recipe. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Josie! I agree – shiso garlic soy sauce is amazing and love it! I stopped sharing the shiso garlic soy sauce recipes as most readers cannot have access to shiso leaves… but I hope you enjoy this sauce and enjoy it for many other uses! It’s great with yaki onigiri and fried rice too! :) Thank you for trying my recipes, Josie! xo

  21. Laura

    It looks awesome! I think my husband would love this. About how many grams of meat is in a package? It looks like a lot in the picture.

    • Hi Wywy! In step 1, you add all the ingredients for seasonings in the medium size bowl and mix well. In step 2, you add the meat into that bowl to marinade.

      Sorry for the confusion. I hope that makes sense. :)