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All About Donburi

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All About Donburi

Sanny Soedjatmiko Hartanto

Do you know about Donburi? Donburi is also known as Japanese rice bowl dish.

The word “Don” means bowl in Japanese. This Donburi consists of meat, such as pork or beef, fish, vegetables, and etc. Donburi meals are quite popular not only among Japanese, but also so popular among foreigners too. Luckily, if you want to make your own version of Donburi, you can make it by yourself with your leftovers at your home. So, why this Donburi is so popular then? It is because the price of this rice bowl is cheaper than Japanese set meal. There are so many types of Donburi, so let’s know more about the type of those rice bowl dishes in Japan!



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“Katsu” means breaded deep fried pork cutlets in Japanese, and “Don” means bowl. In Japan, there is a ritual tradition, that Japanese students should eat Katsudon the night before taking any school tests. It is because there is the other word “Katsu” in Japanese that means, “to win”. Such an interesting story isn’t it?



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“Gyu” means beef in Japanese. So, gyudon literally means beef bowl. It consists of a rice bowl with beef and onion simmered with sauce, and sometimes it topped with raw egg too. Japanese people usually eat this Gyudon with beni shoga (pickled ginger). Gyudon is the most famous bowl dish in Japan. You can easily find it at any places in Japan. There are three most famous restaurants that serve Gyudon in Japan, Suki-ya, Yoshino-ya, and Matsu-ya.



Do you know about the most famous Unagi in Japan? Unagi means eel in Japanese. So, unadon is the abbreviation of Unagi donburi, which means eel rice bowl dish. They usually serve this eel with sweetened soy sauce. This bowl dish is my favorite one, I really recommend you to try this bowl when you have a chance to visit Japan. The taste of Unagi in Japan is well known as the best in the world. Unfortunately, the price of this bowl is quite expensive, comparing with the other bowl dishes. But, I can assure you that this bowl dish is worthy!



Tendon is the abbreviation of Tempura Donburi. Maybe you will think that tempura should be breaded fried shrimp, right? Unfortunately, in Japan tempura means not only fried shrimp, but also the other deep fried pieces of battered seafood and vegetables, such as fish, okra, sweet potato, pumpkin, and etc. This bowl is also my favorite too.



Photo: Shoko Muraguchi on Flickr

If you love sashimi, or sushi, I recommend you to eat this bowl dish, Kaisendon! It is a rice bowl with many kind of fresh raw seafood. Japanese people usually use maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp), ikura (salmon roe), uni (sea urchin), kani (crab), ika (squid), and etc. This one is also my favorite, as a sushi lover! Unluckily, this bowl is also quite expensive too, comparing to the other bowl dishes, but as a sushi lover is a must to try!