7 Must try Japanese “Don” rice bowl dishes

“Don” or “Donburi” is very popular food especially at lunch time. It is easy, fast and inexpensive. A “Don” often consists of fish, meat and vegetables simmered together and served over rice. “Don” can be made from all kind of ingredients, but the most popular “Don”s are the following;


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1. Katsu Don


Katsu Don is a bowl of rice topped with a deep fried pork cutlet called “Ton-katsu”, simmered with egg and sauce. A variation of Katsu Don, “Miso Katsudon” is loved by people in Nagoya.

2. Gyu Don

Gyu Don is all about beef. It consists of beef and onion simmered in a sweet sauce. It is one of most popular foods in Japan, and is also one of the most traditional “Don”. Japan even has some large Gyudon restraint chains, such as Yoshinoya and Matsuya.

3. Oyako Don


Oyako Don is simmered chicken and egg, served on top of a bowl of rice. The word “oyako” means "parent and child", which represents the chicken and the egg in the dish.

4. Ten Don


Nope, Ten Don is not sinew as you might be thinking (tendon!), but a bowl of rice topped with tempura. It can consist of prawn, fish and some vegetables. You can also enjoy the rice underneath with the sweet bonito-flavoured sauce.

5. Una Don

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Una Don is a bowl of steamed rice with fillets of eel. The eel is grilled with Teriyaki sauce, which is a sweetened and caramelized soy sauce.

6. Buta Don

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Buta means pig in Japanese. Buta Don is a bowl of rice topped with pork simmered or grilled with sweet soy sauce.

7. Kaisen Don (Chirashi Don)

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Kiasen Don is a luxurious “Don” topped with Sashimi. It can be made from prawns, salmon, salmon roe, tuna, squid, scallop and so on. Kaisen Don is normally more expensive than other “Don”s, but it is definitely worth of every penny!

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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