Yakitori donburi 焼き鳥丼

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Yakitori donburi 焼き鳥丼

This a quick “donburi” dish using left over “Yakotori”. “Donburi” 丼, which is often shorten to “don”, refers to a large (relative to a regular rice bowl) Japanese bowl, like the one seen below. It can also refer to the food placed in the bowl. The basic construction of a “donburi” dish is a bed of cooked rice with whatever toppings may be available accompanied by a small amount of savory sauce. This is a very typical “whole-meal-in-a-bowl” affair. Many Japanese fast food chain restaurants are specialized in this type of dish. Am

ong the most popular are “oyako donburi” 親子丼, which is a combination of chicken and egg  (“oyako” means “mother and offspring”, for obvious reason), “gyudon” 牛丼 which is made with small cut-up pieces of seasoned beef, “ten-don” 天丼 which is topped with “tempura”, and “katsu-don” カツ丼 which features breaded and deep fried pork cutlet called “tonkatsu”. Although I have not tried it, “Yakitori donburi” is reportedly served as a lunch item in a famous Yakitori restaurant in Tokyo. This dish appears to place freshly made Yakitori (2-5 skewer-worth depending on the price) on the bed of rice with some Yakitori “tare” sauce.

When we make Yakitori at home,  we usually will have a good amount of left-overs. When I have thigh or liver left over from a barbecue, I make my version of Yakitori donburi. (I save the left-over barbecued wings and drumettes to re-heat in the toaster oven to eat crispy and hot by themselves). If I have grilled vegetables I add them to the donburi as well.

This time, I used left-over Yakitori liver,  thinly sliced onion, shiitake  mushroom, and greens (here, I used arugula but spinach, broccoli, green beans, snow pea all work well). In a small frying pan, arrange the ingredients except for fast cooking greens such as spinach and arugula. Add a mixture of mirin, dashi, and soy sauce in about equal amounts (or use a commercial Japanese noodle sauce diluted with water). Please make sure that the broth is not too salty since it will reduce during cooking). The liquid should just barely cover the ingredients, cover the pan and simmer until the onion is soft and cooked (10 minutes). Add the greens to cook just for few minutes. At this point, the broth should be reduced to a small amount. My wife likes more broth/sauce than I do. I like just a small amount of strong tasting sauce to moisten the underlying rice rather than enough sauce to make the rice too wet. It’s a personal preference, however, and the initial strength and amount of the broth need to be adjusted accordingly. Slide the topping and sauce on the bed of hot rice. I sprinkle “sansho” powder which is a Japanese version of finely ground Sichuan pepper.

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