‘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.
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
- Heat Dashi Stock, Sugar, Mirin and Soy Sauce in a frypan or a large sauce pan over a medium heat, add Onion and Ginger.
- 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.
- Make some room to add Harusame Noodles into the sauce, and cook until the Noodles turn transparent. Harusame Noodles will suck up the sauce.
- 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).