Cheap, fast and yummy. Yoshinoya's slogan summarises what has kept crowds visiting the restaurant since its 1899 opening. The food chain is as much a part of Japan's culture as McDonald's is to America's. Its signature dish, the Yoshinoya Beef Bowl, is indeed yummy and easy to make at home. This recipe will take less than 45 minutes and serves two to four people.
Chop a yellow or white onion into thin slices.
Slice 0.454kg. of beef into thin strips or bite-sized pieces. Flank beef or short plate cuts of beef will work best.
Put the onion, 1 1/3 cup of dashi soup, 5 tbsp of soy sauce, 3 tbsp of sugar, 3 tbsp of mirin rice wine and 1 tsp sake into a saucepan. Dashi is a soup made from dried kelp (kombu) and dried bonito (fish) flakes. Mirin is a rice wine that adds sweetness. Sake is a Japanese wine, the national alcoholic drink of Japan. You can buy these items at an Asian market or in the Asian section in larger supermarkets.
Bring to a boil.
Add the beef to the pan and simmer until the beef is no longer pink. Do not cook the beef for too long, or it will become tough.
Boil 6 cups of water in medium saucepan.
Add 4 cups of rice and 1 tsp salt.
Reduce the heat and cover the pan. Cook until water the is reduced and the rice is tender.
Spoon the warm rice into a bowl.
Top with the beef and garnish with chopped green onions, parsley or cilantro.
You can substitute dashi soup with beef or vegetable broth. You can substitute mirin and sake with sweet white wines such as Moscato or Riesling.