Donburi: the traditional recipe

A large bowl of rice served with a side dish based on egg, vegetables, meat or fish, this hearty and it’s easy to do comes in so many ways! We salivate in advance…

What is donburi?

in japanese don buri it literally means “big bowl” because it is always served in a huge hollow vessel to hold all the ingredients. It has been consumed since the XVIIe century to the Edo period, the Donburs was a dish highly valued by artisans and workers because this recipe was easy to prepare, economicabundantly and quick to prepare. Really, all you have to do is put some white rice in the bottom of the bowl and add a nice topping of your choice on top. It usually consists of eggs, meat, fish or tofu, as well as vegetables that are pre-steamed together with spices to form a beautiful bound sauce. A primordial Japanese dish, donburi clearly highlights 3 main basic ingredients in Japanese cuisine : the famous soy sauce, the civilian (rice vinegar) and the dashi (traditional seaweed and dried fish broth). Aside from these basic principles, donburi recipes vary depending on the region of Japan and the season of the year.

The most common donburi

  • on grilled eel donburicalled “unagidon” is quite sophisticated, quite salty, very traditional, simple and crunchy.
  • on breaded pork donburi“katsudon”, is greasier but tasty, often accompanied by a soft-boiled egg and chopped green onions.
  • on chicken donburi “Oyakodon” literally “the bowl of parents with children” is a favorite of children – hence its name – because it mixes sweet flavors and is easy to eat.
  • on beef donburi a rather fine “gyûdon” composed of beef strips grilled and tender, it is usually paired with onions to enhance the flavor of the beef.
  • on donburi with tempura the “sting” is greedy and crispy, fried vegetables and shrimp are placed on top of the rice; accompanied by vegetables. This donburi is best suited for vegetarians or pesco-vegetarians.

There are as many donburi recipes as you want and it is difficult to provide an exhaustive list. Among the other most famous donburis, we mention this one marinated raw fish “sukimidon” which is eaten cold.

Do you want to try this delicious Japanese recipe ? As for the ingredients, you will need:

2 chicken fillets, 130 g of flour, 1 beaten egg, 130 g of Japanese breadcrumbs or “panko” and oil for frying.

1 head of minced onion, 2 eggs, 150 g of Japanese rice, 1 head of green onion, Japanese chili or hot red pepper, 165 ml of dashi broth, 1 tablespoon of sake, rice vinegar and salty soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugary coffee.

  • For breadcrumbs chicken :

  1. Place the flour, beaten egg and panko breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Salt and sprinkle with black pepper the chicken fillets. Dust each chicken breast with flour. Dip them in the beaten egg and then in the breadcrumbs. Reserve the breaded fillets on a plate.
  2. Heat 2 cm of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Once the oil is hot, fry the buttered chicken until golden brown. Once cooked, place the fried chicken fillets on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess fat.

  1. In a clean pan, sauté the chopped onion in the dashi broth, sake, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and cook for a few more minutes, uncovered.
  2. Arrange the fried chicken on top of the onions and cook over medium heat.
  3. Crack the eggs and pour the contents around the chicken and onion to form something like an “omelet”. It must be seized.
  4. Green onions are cut into rings and placed on top. To put out the fire.
  5. Spread the cooked rice over the bottom of the bowls and carefully arrange the fried chicken and eggs over the rice. Sprinkle with chili and it’s ready to eat!

Recipe taken from “Just one Cook Book”: Chicken Katsudon by Chef Namiko Hirasawa Chen.

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