What’s Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan!

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan!

In Japan, when we don’t have much time to cook, we just grab a donburi. Donburi is a bowl of rice or noodles with various cooked ingredients on top of it. Usually meat or fish are served on top. Since some donburi is very easy to cook, it’s a great dish to make when you don’t have enough time. Many restaurants also serve them for small price to fill your appetite. Today I will tell you 8 donburi menu that you should definitely try in Japan.



 

What’s Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan!

 

1. Oyakodon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! oyakodon

The word “oyako” means parents and children in Japanese. As the name indicates, “oyakodon” is made of chicken (parents) and eggs (children) cooked with vegetables, served on a bowl of rice. It is a popular home cooking recipe for those who don’t have lot of time to cook.

 

2. Gyudon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! gyudon

Gyudon is a bowl of rice, on top of which cooked beef with onions and sweet sauce. It is a popular fast food in Japan. There is a famous fast food chain, called “Yoshinoya” serving gyudon for reasonable price. Served very quickly, it is a perfect meal for those who wants to fulfill the appetite quickly.

 

3. Tendon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! tendon

Tendon is served with tempura on top of rice. Since tempura – deep-fried vegetables and fishes – is expensive in Japan, tendon is an expensive donburi, usually served in tempura restaurants. If you like tempura, it’s something you should try!

 

4. Katsudon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! katsudon

Katsudon contains deep-fried pork cutlet (known as tonkatsu) served with egg and vegetables. Deep-fried pork cutlet and rice will make you full. The word “Katsu” comes from “Tonkatsu” which means pork cutlet. It also means “to win” in Japanese. Therefore it is considered as a good luck meal before important test or match.

 

5. Kaisendon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! kaisendon

Fresh sashimi of various kind of seafoods are served on the top of rice in Kaisendon. It looks like “Chirashi zushi” that is served in sushi restaurants. Only difference is, the rice of Kaisendon isn’t usually mixed with vinegar.

 

6. Tekkadon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! tekkadon

Similar to Kaisendon, tekkadon is also served with fresh sashimi. In fact, only slices of tuna sashimi are served on top of rice. The word “tekka” means forging fire. One theory says that this name comes from the color of red tuna that resembles hot fire. It is a great dish for those who love tuna!

 

7. Unadon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! udadon

“Una” comes from “Unagi” which means eels in Japanese. Grilled eels with sweeten soy-based sauce are served on top of rice. It is usually accompanied by sansho pepper, which helps digesting fatty eels. Eels are very nutritional, so many Japanese eat it before summer to fight against the heat.

 

8. Currydon

What's Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan! curry don

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I have shown many donburi with rice, but currydon is served with udon noodles or soba noodles. Although curry sauce is usually served on rice (we call it curry rice), curry is served on top of noodles in currydon. It would be refreshing to try curry in a different form.

 

Conclusion

Donburi is Japanese popular dish. If you love Japanese food, I recommend you to try it! Since it is served with rice, you can fill your appetite easily with donburi. If you find Japanese dish to be too small proportioned, donburi would be your choice!

 

What’s Donburi? 8 Recommended Donburi You Must Try in Japan!

1. Oyakodon
2. Gyudon
3. Tendon
4. Katsudon
5. Kaisendon
6. Tekkadon
7. Unadon
8. Currydon