Monday, February 22, 2010

Japanese Beef Donburi (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

This is 1 dish that Kimi and I enjoy. I normally make this when hb is not around as he is not a big fan of beef. And I am determined that Kimi do not end up like him. I hope Kimi will be more adventurous like me. :)

We love this sweet, fragrant beef dish with rice. And it is so easy to make. Chop, fry and dump in pot. For others, it may jus be chop, fry and chomp! Hee hee! :)
Sorry, I forgot to pick out the carrots for this shot - think it was too soft and most were at the bottom of the pot!


  • 1/2 tsp freshly minced garlic
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp of mirin
  • 2 tbsp of Daiso Soba Sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp corn flour


  • 200-250g beef fillet or cuts suitable for stir/pan-fry
  • 1/4 yellow/golden onion thinly sliced
  • 6 baby corns diced
  • 4 white button mushroon sliced
  • 1/2 small carrot julienne


  1. Slice beef at 45 degree angle into smaller pcs against the grain and marinate for at least 10mins (3omin preferable) using marinade above.
  2. Heat a little oil in pan/pot and saute onions till soft.
  3. Throw in corn, carrot and mushroom and fry till fragrant.
  4. Add beef and stir till just cooked.
  5. Add broth or water, stirring lightly till it brings to a boil.
  6. Taste to test level of saltiness then add additional seasoning of 2 tbsp mirin, dash of pepper, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp of Stock Base Sauce and 1/2 tsp of Maggi No MSG Chicken granules.
  7. Season till desired taste.
  8. Place in thermal cook for at least an hour or when ready to eat.
  9. Serve with fluffy white rice!


  • I make my Donburi more 'soupy' so I have additional yummy sauce for the rice! You can add less water if you want a 'drier' dish. If you add less water, omit/reduce the additional seasoning in Step 6. Taste to determine.
  • If serving just for adults and you want a quick stir-fry and beef that is slightly under-cooked, stop at Step 4. Just do a quick fry and add a little water if not enough gravy and serve immediately.
  • As most of my food are made for the family (Kimi included), I'd prefer to err on the safe side and more often than not make the food slightly overcooked. I'd rather be safe than sorry especially when feeding young children.
  • You can substitute/add in other vegetable base ingredients. Another wonderful vegetable to add in is Orange/Yellow capsicum. It makes the dish even more sweet and tasty. But there weren't any nice ones these few days.



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