After spending way too much time watching Cooking With Dog on Youtube, I decided to stock up on Sake, Mirin, and Dashi xD Let's just say you're gonna see lots of Japanese dishes on Nunu's Kitchen for a while!
Gyudon, or beef rice, is essentially a mixture of thin sliced beef and onions simmered in a sweet and savoury sauce served over rice. Sometimes this is topped with an egg.
Please note that this style of cooking is very new to me, I'm not too familiar with Japanese flavours xD
You will need:
- 300g-400g thin sliced beef - I used shabu/hot pot beef. Try get a good mix of fatty and lean for a better flavour.
- 1 small onion - sliced into thin wedges and separated.
- Steamed rice.
- Mirin - a type of Japanese rice wine with a high sugar and low alcohol content.
- Soy sauce - I'm not sure what, if any, difference there is between Chinese soy sauce and Japanese soy sauce. I had a bottle of Kikkoman at home so I just used it xD
- Japanese cooking sake - I believe the difference is that cooking sake is salted...
- Brown sugar
- Granulated dashi
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 stalks of spring onion - chopped
- Shichimi spice - Japanese 7 flavour spice.
- Boil a pot of water, put eggs into a thick earthen bowl or pot, pour boiling water into the bowl enough to cover the eggs, cover the bowl with a lid.
- In the meantime, mix together the sake, soy sauce, mirin, and brown sugar. I have absolutely no idea how much of each to use, I just mixed it according to taste. It should taste sweet, but savoury at the same time. You should also taste the bite of alcohol from the sake. Once you have the sauce right, set it aside.
- Put heat on high and melt a tiny pat of butter in your pan, stir fry the beef in the butter until it is still slightly pink. Remove and set aside.
- Pour the sake sauce into your pan, when mixture starts to bubble, turn heat to medium, add beef. Stir fry beef in the sauce for 1 minutes. Remove the beef.
- To the leftover sauce, add approx 1/2 cup water and the granulated dashi. When sauce begins to boil, add the onions. Cover pan with lid and allow onions to simmer in the sauce for approx 5 minutes.
- Once the onions are cooked down, add beef. Once the beef has heated up, scoop up and serve over steamed rice.
- Sprinkled chopped spring onion over beef mixture.
- Remove eggs from their hot water bath, crack open over on top of the beef.
- Sprinkle shichimi over the egg.