Japanese Beef Bowl
Ready in 30 minutes
Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl) is kind of like the hamburger of Japan — ubiquitous, tasty, filling, made of beef and soulful
2 cups rice; short or medium-grain
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup soy sauce; (or low sodium if desired)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sake
1 small onion; thinly sliced
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound beef sirloin; thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Pickled ginger slices (optional)
In a 4-quart pan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add rice and salt. Cover and reduce heat to simmer, then cook until almost tender, 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
In a small pan, bring soy sauce, sugar, sake, and 3/4 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and reserve.
In a 10-inch frying pan over high heat, cook onion in oil until it begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add beef and continue stirring for 2 minutes, then add 1/2 cup of soy-sake sauce and stir until beef is cooked, 2 minutes longer.
Divide rice among 4 bowls. Top with beef, remaining sauce, and cilantro. Serve with ginger, if desired.
Notes : To slice beef thinly, wrap and place in freezer for 30 minutes before cutting.