‘Gyū Don’ is one of Japan’s most popular rice bowl dishes. In Melbourne where I live, since local supermarkets started selling thinly sliced Beef, it has become easy for me to cook Gyū Don. I don’t need to start the cooking process with slicing Beef. Today I cooked it in a different flavour. This is a Taiwanese inspired Gyū Don. I added Star Anise and Chinese Five Spice.


2 Servings


200 to 250g Thinly Sliced Beef *cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 to 1 Onion *thinly sliced
1 small piece Ginger *cut into fine strips
40g Harusame (Bean Thread Noodles)
2 servings warm Cooked Rice
2 Boiled Eggs *optional

1/2 cup Dashi Stock *OR 1/2 cup Water and 1/4 teaspoon Dashi Powder
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 to 2 & 1/2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Mirin
2 Star Anise
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

  1. Heat the Sauce ingredients in a sauce pan over a medium heat, add Onion and Ginger, and bring to the boil.
  2. When it’s boiling, scatter Beef on top the Onion, cover with a lid, and cook until Onion is soft.
  3. Make some room to add Harusame (Bean Thread Noodles) into the sauce, and cook until the noodles turn transparent.
  4. Half fill a bowl with warm cooked rice and cover it with the Beef mixture, and enjoy. Today I added Boiled Egg.