What’s Donburi and other Dons on the Menu?
When you say donburi, you’d mean a rice bowl. In Japanese, donburi means “bowl.” As a dish, it’s a big bowl of Japanese white rice with toppings – usually protein (like pork cutlets, beef, shrimp, or chicken), an egg, and some vegetables, usually green onions, simmered in a sweet soy sauce broth, or sometimes without. It’s a hearty meal, a simple meal but with many interpretations.
You can have variations of donburi, depending on what’s on top of the rice. Using the word “don” and adding whatever the topping would be gives the donburi a different interpretation. If you go for oyakodon, meaning “mother and child bowl,” you are having chicken and egg. Chicken is of course the mother, and the egg, the child. Gyudon means “beef bowl,” which is thinly sliced beef and onions are simmered with soy sauce and mirin, a sweet sake cooking wine. Another popular don is katsudon. It’s deep-fried pork cutlets and the egg on top of rice. Tendon is deep-fried, breaded shrimp or tempura, as well as breaded vegetables added.
And then you can also have raw toppings on your don. Kaisendon is sashimi with sweetened vinegar and a soy sauce side. Tekka-don is spicy tuna. A similar version is negitoro don, fatty tuna belly with spring onions.
Donburi is a very popular lunch or dinner meal in Japan, both in restaurants and in homes. It’s quick to prepare and inexpensive. Donburi recipes are not all the same from one region to another; sauces also vary depending on the season. It’s versatile and a great filling meal.
Donburi as You like it in Federal Way
Now that you’re familiar with donburi and its more popular varieties, you can come over for your big rice bowl at K-Ton, Japanese restaurant in Federal Way. Order your don like a native Japanese and enjoy one of the best tasting donburi meals this side of Federal Way.