A Popular Donburi
Rice bowls are very popular in Japan and they are called donburi in Japanese. Donburi is a one-meal dish where the rice and the side dishes—consisting of either meat, fish, eggs, and/or vegetables—are served together in a big rice bowl as a complete meal.
One of the most popular donburi is oyakodon (親子丼), which literally means mother and child rice bowl in Japanese. This Japanese egg rice is a homey dish that is well loved by many people.
How To Make Oyakodon
Egg is an important ingredient in donburi. It’s used to make the simmered egg sauce in many recipes, including oyakodon. The eggs must not be over-beaten; they should remain light and fluffy after simmering with the sauce. More importantly, the simmered chicken and eggs have to soak up the flavors of the seasonings. When serving the chicken and eggs on top of steamed rice, the sauce would lend its flavor to the rice, hence making this simple and humble oyakadon the ultimate donburi dish.
Traditionally, the best oyakodon recipe calls for dashi, or Japanese soup stock made of dried bonito flakes and kombu (dried kelp). I made mine with Mizkan Bonito Flavored Soup Base, which is precisely soy sauce with dashi. Since there is bonito flavoring in the Soup Base, there is no need to make dashi and hence making traditional Japanese cooking very accessible to every home cook.
Oyakodon can be made into a bento easily. Get a simple one-compartment bento box, top the steamed white rice with the simmered chicken and eggs, and you have a bento that you can take to work.
You can make it for your kids and I am sure they will be very happy to enjoy a bento meal of Japanese chicken and egg rice. Enjoy!
Menu and Meal Ideas
Other Homey Japanese Recipes:
- Authentic Chicken Teriyaki
- Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl)
- Easy Teriyaki Chicken
- Nikujaga (Japanese Meat and Potato Stew)
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One-pot Japanese chicken and eggs rice - healthy, delicious, super easy and takes only 15 minutes from prep to dining table.
- 1/4 small onion cut into rings
- 8 oz chicken thigh or leg fat trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- Scant 3/4 cup water
- 1 stalk scallion cut diagonally
- 2 tablespoons Mizkan Bonito Flavored Soup Base or soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mirin
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Combine all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl. Stir to combine well.
Heat up a small saucepan on high heat and bring the water to boil. Add the sliced onion, chicken, the Sauce, and cook for 2 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Skim off the scum.
Pour the eggs slowly in a circular motion, covering the chicken. Lower the heat to simmer and cover the saucepan with its lid. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked. Add the scallions.
To serve, add steamed rice to two rice bowls and top with the simmered chicken and eggs. Serve immediately.
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