With cold weather just around the corner, it’s time for us to dust off one of our favorite dinnertime recipes: Japanese-style beef and rice bowls. Featuring a tasty sauce that bursts with umami, you won’t believe how quickly this dinner comes together; our record time is under 15 minutes.
Ingredients (Serves 4):
1 medium white onion
2 ½ tablespoons saake
1 ½ tablespoons mirin rice wine or white wine
2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
350g beef slices (short rib works well)
White rice (enough for 4)
Chopped scallions for garnish (optional)
1. Rinse and drain rice, and cook in a rice cooker.
2. Chop white onion into long slivers.
3. In a medium-sized saucepan, simmer sake, mirin or white wine, soy sauce and sugar until the alcohol has boiled off (and taste test it to be sure). Add the onions, and simmer until tender – around 3-4 minutes.
4. Next, add the beef slices, and simmer until they are cooked through, add seasoning if necessary. Serve over white rice, with a spoonful of the cooking liquid if desired. Garnish with scallions.