Wow, it looks like food really does connect with everybody :), judging from everyone’s enthusiastic responses. I have another things that irk me about Japan rant coming up tomorrow, this time it’s about Japanese Bank Machines. They drive me INSANEEEEEE.
In any case, more food! Today I present the Beef Bowl or Gyudon in Japanese. Looking for a filling, good tasting meal, but don’t have a lot of time? The beef bowl should be your first choice!
Originally, the beef bowl was rice soaked in beef sauce with beef layers all on top. Since Japanese people love mixing things, especially food, it wasn’t long before they developed new funky types of beef bowl including this weirdo Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Parmesan beef bowl. Some of the combinations maybe a little weird, but for the most part you can’t go wrong.
Good beef bowls use extremely expensive beef, sometimes even Kobe beef which hikes the prices up to 10,000 yen a bowl. Though the average joe like me, will settle for a beef bowl restaurant which sells them to be for 300-800 yen depending on size.
I thought it’d be a good idea to include some vocabulary too to help you out with your beef bowl adventure, if you ever have one :).
Sizes – These are Japanese portions so they aren’t that huge. The bowl in the picture is a mega bowl.
普通 - futsuu – Normal Size
大盛 – oomori – Large Size beef bowl
特盛 – tokumori – Extra Large Beef Bowl
メガ – mega – Mega Beef Bowl :D.
牛丼 – gyuudon – Beef Bowl
カツ丼 – Katsudon – Pork Cutlet Bowl (These are super cheap right now because of piggie influenza :D).
味噌汁 – miso shiru – Miso Soup
生玉 – nama tama – raw egg (Japanese people like mixing an egg yolk into their beef bowls to add to the smoothness of the bowl, I assume eggs in Japan are safe enough for this :P).
I think those are enough words for now! Anyone here also had a beef bowl before? Do you like them? O and anyone else have any suggestions for amazing Japanese food that I simply must try before I leave? :D.