Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recreating the famous Yoshinoya Beef Bowl

Prior to moving to NY, I've never cooked a dish in my life (except if you count frying bacon, sausages, etc. as cooking). Now, it has become a source of therapy for me, to help relieve me from stress, and, I get so much joy when people say that they love my meals.

The past few weeks, I've been making a lot of Japanese dishes. I've been fortunate enough to have lived in Japan for a couple of years. The country is just so beautiful, the people, amazing and the food... Oh, my goodness. To die for!

Ever since then, I've always looked for the dishes that I've grown to love and this includes the famous Yoshinoya Beef Bowl. Yoshinoya used to have a store on Times Square but unfortunately for me, they closed shop a year ago. It has been years since I last had one! I know, you're probably asking how I'm able to survive? Well, tonight, since I don't have the funds to fly to Japan to have a bowl, I've decided to make my own version of the famous comfort food. This recipe is soooo good, when Brian brought it to work the following day for lunch, people were asking what that it was!


Japanese comfort food at the heart of NY. Photo by Ding Minh Hung.


The famous Yoshinoya Beef Bowl. 




Ingredients (Serves 4 people)

  • 1 and 1/3 cup of Beef Broth
  • 5 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Aji Mirin
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 lbs beef, sliced very thinly (the thinner, the better!)
  • White Rice
Additional Note: If you prefer chicken over beef, you can do so. Just replace 1 lbs beef to 1 lbs chicken and use chicken broth. 

Cooking Directions

1. In a pot or saucepan, combine the beef broth, aji mirin, soy sauce, sugar and bring to a boil. 
2. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat to medium and mix in onions. Cook until the onions are tender, around 5 minutes.
3. Add the beef into the mix, and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
4. Serve over white rice and enjoy!

Additional Note: Serve with sake for the complete, Japanese experience!


The ingredients!


I wanted to make it as authentic as I can so I only used Japanese products. Thank goodness for the Asian store near our place. 


This is the secret ingredient here, Kikkoman Aji-Mirin or Japanese sweet rice seasoning. Most grocery stores carry this so it won't be a problem tracking it down. 


Step 1: Combine the beef broth, aji mirin, soy sauce, sugar and bring to a boil. 



Step 2: Once it's boiling, reduce the heat to medium and mix in onions. Cook until the onions are tender, around 5 minutes.


Step 3: Add the beef into the mix, and cook for 1-2 minutes. 


Step 4: Serve hot and enjoy!

Do you have your own version of the Yoshinoya Beef Bowl?
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