Yoshinoya-style gyudon / Japanese beef and rice bowl

I've spent most of my time yesterday googling Japanese beef rice bowl recipe . There are so many variations online that I was getting cross-eyed of what recipe to try . I never really thought that this dish is so easy to make and can't help but said out loud ,  why didn't I make it before ? 

I think some of you have already eaten at Yoshinoya . It's a popular Japanese fast food chain with branches all over the world . Beef bowl is their bestseller . I love eating there , the food is filling and cheap to boot ! Hey , I'm always on a budget lol 

Making this dish straightforward . Depending on what cut of beef you're using , cooking time varies . I used the cut of beef that I usually use for stir fries , the cut that is also use when doing hot pot . It's thin and has a good marbling and really good for this kind of dish .

This dish calls for dashi granules ( some recipe use dashi stock ) but since I don't have it , I used chicken powder instead .

If you wonder if it tastes like the beef rice bowl of Yoshinoya .....

Definitely ! 

Please check original recipe @ Cookpad 

Serves 2 to 4 

300 ml water
1/2 teaspoon chicken powder
1  onion , cut into 1 cm slices
300 grams thinly-sliced beef  
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons cooking sake 
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon raw sugar
generous teaspoon finely grated ginger 

To serve :

pickled ginger 
roasted seasoned seaweed
onsen egg

cooked Japanese rice 

* In a  saucepan , pour in the water then add in chicken powder and onion , let boil and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes .  Add in the 2 soy sauce , cooking sake , mirin and  sugar , let boil again and add in the beef . Stir well to combine and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes . Add in the grated ginger and cook for another minute . 

* Take off heat and spoon over rice ( or noodles ) . Sprinkle with shichimi and top with pickled ginger . Or make a beef rice bowl with seaweed slices and onsen egg .


  1. Se ve increìble su preparaciòn de carne sabroso y contundente plato,saludos y abrazos

  2. Hi Anne! I love eating (and making) this rice bowl dish too. Fast, easy and best of all delicious! I like pouring a beaten egg over the beaf slices when the beef is almost done, which also means just one pan to wash for a meal :)))

  3. The recipe looks so simple and tasty, though I would love to try it with chicken or some other meat!

    1. Bal , I don't know if it'll work with chicken but just try it ! Or you can make chicken teriyaki as your rice topping , Yoshinoya has that on their menu ;D

  4. Anne, your gyudon is definitely a perfect meal...specially as beef is most preferred meat choice in our household. Thank you for sharing this recipe:) BTW...your bowl is a beauty...I'm trying my best to stop envying...!

    1. Annie , the bowl's pretty , right ?! And it's blue , a good color for food shots lol

  5. your pictures are always so wonderful, like from a good cook book!

    1. Ola , ha ! Almost all of my photos before are quiet embarrassing , heck , even some of the current ones :P :D

  6. 哇赛!!!丰富得不得了哇,我恨不得是你家的座上宾呢:)

  7. Mmmm.... looks so delicious! I love beef bowl too. Always have at least one or two in a month.

  8. You really do present the most tantalizing meals, Anne. I could jump into that rice bowl with no problem and enjoy every morsel! Thank you so much for sharing...

  9. Hi Anne,
    I'm heading over to your house for dinner! Looks really delicious!
    And I like your pretty blue bowl!!

  10. Easy peasy that even I can cook:D but no mirin and sake:P ok, just "eat yours" for now:D

  11. i believe that this will be good with chicken too! very delicious looking!

  12. Hi Anne, your bowl of rice is calling my name. LOL Look so appetizing and please.... I need 2 bowl. hahaha

    Best regards.


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