February 2, 2014

Yoshinoya Beef Bowl


Gyuudon or Gyudon (牛丼) is a Japanese Beef Bowl. "Gyu" (牛) means beef and "don" (丼) is short for "donburi" which means food served on top of a bowl of rice. In Japan, the are actually several Gyudon and curry fast-shops found almost everywhere (Sukiya, Matsuya, Yoshinoya, and others) so if you want to grab a bite or a bowl of these heavenly beef bowl, it's actually just around the corner. This particular gyudon that I will be featuring is from Yoshinoya.

Gyudon has actually been my comfort food. Since it is served with hot steamed rice and a cup of hot tea, a gyudon is a great treat to yourself after a hard day's work or when the weather is cold. In shops like Yoshinoya, you can order these foods in these servings:  standard-serving (nami, or namimori, 並盛), large-serving (oomori, 大盛), or extra-large-serving (tokumori, 特盛). But of course, when it comes to me, it will never be namimori. ^_^ Just a tip, tokumori contains the same rice content with the oomori serving but it comes with twice more beef compared with the oomori.

But how can we make this bowl of beef even better? I suggest eating it with a hot tea or even with Miso Soup. Then for my personal preference, I usually sprinkle spices (and furikake) on top of the beef and some beni shoga (red pickled ginger) to heighten up the flavor.

When you guys can come to Japan, you should try to eat authentic Japanese Gyuudon. They are very accessible and will definitely be worth your while.

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