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
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.