Yakiniku Don


Yakiniku Don

Yakiniku don a dish popularized by the fast food chain Yoshinoya, it is made out of pan grilled beef served in a sauce made out soy sauce mixed with sake, mirin, sugar, garlic, fruit juice and sesame oil served with vegetables topped in a bowl of rice. This beef dish in Japan was created because their original beef bowl menu item is on the brink of extinction when Yoshinoya announced that they will terminate beef bowl sales in Japan on February 11, 2004 due to BSE incident on American Beef imports. That dish proved to be popular that is why after that incident on December 2, 2004 Yoshinoya started serving “beef yakiniku bowls” or “gyu-yakiniku-don” which uses Australian Beef, different sauce and additional vegetables. The original beef bowl had a lot of issues and restrictions of imports of American beef in Japan had been on and off since February 2004, then on December 1, 2006 they again started serving beef bowls but on limited times.

Like most of Japanese rice bowls this is easy to prepare and would be ready in minutes, a really good comfort meal that can be enjoyed all year round.

Yakiniku Don
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Serves: 3
  • 500g beef tenderloin, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 stalks spring onions, sliced
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Japanese sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • beni shouga (pickled ginger)
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • oil
  1. Mix together beef stock, cornstarch, soy sauce, Japanese sake, mirin and brown sugar in a saucepan, bring it to a boil turn off heat then set aside.
  2. In a wok add oil then sauté garlic and onions, then set it aside.
  3. Using the same pan add additional oil then stir fry beef for 4 minutes.
  4. Pour on wok the sauce made on step 1 then bring it to a boil and simmer until sauce thickens. Add the garlic, onions and beef back to the pan, mix to evenly distribute the sauce then turn heat off.
  5. Scoop some on freshly cooked steamed rice, drizzle some mayonnaise then sprinkle with spring onions, toasted sesame seeds and beni shouga. Serve while hot.




19 Responses

  1. I could happily gobble this up for days on end.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Guia Obsum says:

    Ahhhh, I’m craving for some Japanese. 🙁

  3. I love a good beef bowl and that looks great.

  4. Judy says:

    What is Japanese mayonnaise? I noticed it in the ingredient list. The sauce on this dish sounds wonderful.

    • rsmacaalay says:

      Its the mayonnaise you find in Asian shops or Japanese stores, they are in squishy bottles with red cap and transparent body. It has a different taste compared to the normal one

  5. I love the way you captured this w/ your camera, and the dish sounds amazing!

  6. Yum! I love rice bowls and all the flavors here are just wonderful.

  7. foodjaunts says:

    Oh yum. You mention fruit juice in your description – did you use any fruit juice as part of your marinade? And if so, what kind?

  8. Jasline says:

    I love yakiniku don! I actually love most of the dons offerend in Japanese restaurants, especially those with tamago! 😉 Yours look really delicious… I’m so craving for one right now!

  9. Hazel says:

    ohhmy! now i’m craving :O

  10. Tessa says:

    Looks delicious!

  11. Kristy says:

    Now this does look comforting. I know my husband, especially, would like this one. Love the composition on this photo by the way. 🙂

  12. You have made something that is supposed to be “fast food” look very pretty and gourmet!

  13. samology says:

    whoaaa.. My mouth is totally watering! Love Japanese foods and it looks like you have no problem with recreating authentic dishes!! Very impressed!! om nom nom..

  14. mjskit says:

    Why would anyone decide to stop the sales of a dish? Interesting. I love the look and sound of this dish! I do have to admit that I find the topping of mayo interesting. Wasn’t expecting that. 🙂 Makes me curious as to how it would taste. Great dish!!

  15. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    This is something we eat when I’m busy – donburi is perfect and yakiniku is kids & hubby’s favorite meat. I love this fast food rather than junk fast food!

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