DIY: Beef Bowl (Yoshinoya-style)

Yoshinoya Gyudon

I have a craving for Yoshino-ya’s Beef Bowl once in a while. Yoshino-ya, for those that are unfamiliar, is a quick-serve Japanese Beef Bowl restaurant that can be found in almost all major train stations and shopping districts in metro areas across Japan. It was established, in 1899, in the fish market of Nihonbashi district. While the restaurant franchise has gone international, sadly, they don’t have a location near me yet. So I make do with this “precisely” Yoshino-ya Beef Bowl recipe:

Yield: 4 portions (Japanese recipe, Japanese portions)

1 lbs           Thin sliced beef (loin)
1 large       Onion
4/3 cup    White wine or Mirin
1 cup         Dashi or beef broth
5 tsp          Soy sauce
1 tsp          Sugar
TT               Salt and pepper

1.  Cut and slice beef into bite size pieces and add a dash of salt and pepper.
2.  Chop onion into bit size pieces.

1.  Add dashi and wine into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil – enough to let the alcohol dissipate.
2.  Add the onion and beef to the pan. Bring to a boil again and scoop out any foam that forms on top.
3.  Add soy sauce, sugar and stir. Continue to cook, placing a lid and on low heat for 20 minutes.
4.  Place it over white rice and enjoy!
Beef Bowl
images courtesy operatorchan and iowagirleats
Source: Cookpad (Japanese)


  1. Awesome! I’m totally going to try this out. I have the same problem… I live in the midwest, so no Yoshinoya for me =[

  2. We discovered (in Australia, anyway) you can get really thinly sliced beef strips, that are perfect for Gyudon, at chinese supermarkets.

  3. oooh yay! I used to have Yoshinoya every Wednesday in high school!

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