‘Gyū’ means Beef. Thinly sliced Beef and Onion simmered in a sweet soy sauce flavoured dashi stock on top of the rice. ‘Gyū Don’ is s very popular food in Japan, it is commonly served with Beni Shōga (pickled ginger). Probably every family has its own recipe. I used to add Shirataki (Konnyaku Noodles) but my children prefer Harusame Noodles in this dish. Some people place a soft poached egg on top. Please create your own ‘Gyū Don’.


4 Servings


4 servings Cooked Rice
400 to 500g Thinly Sliced Beef
1 to 2 Onion
1 small piece Ginger *sliced into thin strips
50 to 100g Harusame (Bean Thread Noodles)
1 cup Dashi Stock
2 tablespoons Sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 to 3 tablespoons Mirin
Pickled Ginger *optional

  1. Slice Beef and Onions. Ginger needs to be thinly sliced into strips. See ‘How to slice meat thinly’ on Note & Tips page.
  2. Heat Dashi Stock, Sugar, Mirin and Soy Sauce in a frypan or a large sauce pan over a medium heat, add Onion and Ginger.
  3. When it’s started boiling, place thinly sliced Beef on top the Onion, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Make some room to add Harusame Noodles into the sauce, and cook until the noodles turn transparent.
  5. Half fill a bowl with freshly cooked rice and cover it with the Beef mixture. Serve with Pickle Ginger if you like.