Gyudon (or Beef Donburi | Beef Bowl) is like a comfort food for Japanese. It can be prepared quickly and it has nutritious ingredients like beef, onion, eggs, and rice. I cook this meal when I have full schedule with kids’ activities until dinner time. Tired of ordering in a pizza? How about Gyudon tonight?
In Japan, gyudon is served with a raw egg yolk on top, and you will quickly mix it with hot gyudon so that egg will be cooked.
As raw eggs are not recommended to be consumed in the U.S., I suggest that you would put eggs in the pan right before serving so that they will be cooked. This is how my mom served her gyudon as well and I like the combination of egg and beef. However, the egg in the recipe is optional. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy meal!
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- Cut the onion and green onion into thin slices and cut the meat into small pieces.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and cook the onions until tender.
- Add the meat and sugar and cook until browned.
- Add sake, mirin, and soy sauce.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until most of the liquid is gone.
- If you like to add the egg, slowly and evenly drizzle the beaten egg over the beef. Cook covered until the egg is done. Add the green onion right before removing from the heat.
- Place the beef and egg on top of steamed rice and pour desired amount of sauce. Top with pickled red ginger.
Editor’s Note: Pictures updated in August 2012