‘Gyū Don’ is a rice bowl dish. Thinly sliced Beef and Onion simmered in a sweet soy sauce flavoured dashi stock is placed on rice. It is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. Probably every family has its own recipe. In Melbourne where I live, thinly sliced Beef is not widely available. When I cook Gyū Don, I have to slice a block of Beef thinly using a knife by myself, and it is getting harder to do with my aching hands. Here is the Minced Beef version. Super easy and anyone can cook it.


4 Servings


500g Beef Mince
1 to 2 Onions
1 small piece Ginger *sliced into thin strips
50 to 100g Harusame Noodles (Dry Noodles made from potato or mung bean starch)

4 servings freshly Cooked Rice
Pickled Ginger *optional
Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) *optional

1 cup Dashi Stock *OR 1 cup Water and 1 teaspoon Dashi Powder
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Mirin
4 to 5 tablespoons Soy Sauce

  1. Heat Dashi Stock, Sugar, Mirin and Soy Sauce in a frypan or a large sauce pan over a medium heat, add Onion and Ginger.
  2. When it’s started boiling, place Beef Mince on top the Onion, breaking down into small pieces using your fingers, and cook for 10 minutes OR until Onion is soft.
  3. Make some room to add Harusame Noodles into the sauce, and cook until the Noodles turn transparent. Harusame Noodles will suck up the sauce.
  4. Half fill a bowl with freshly Cooked Rice and cover it with the Beef mixture. Serve with Pickle Ginger if you like. Today I sprinkled with some Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix).