Sukiya: Beef Bowl Heaven
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
One of the most popular dishes in Japan is beef bowl or gyūdon (牛丼).
While there are many places that serve the dish, the two largest chains are – Yoshinoya (吉野家) and Sukiya (すき家).
There are literally thousands of restaurants across Japan and you can’t walk more than a few blocks in most areas of Tokyo without seeing the bright orange Yoshinoya signage or Sukiya’s distinctive red bowl.
At its most basic, Gyūdon (牛丼), consists of a bowl of rice with beef and onion cooked in a mild sauce flavoured with a mixture of dashi (だし – made from fish and kelp), soy sauce and mirin.
Fierce competition amongst the restaurants means that the prices are very reasonable. A standard size bowl at Sukiya will set you back just ¥230 (less than USD$3) and is a filling and (reasonably) healthy meal.
|–||キムチ (ki-mu-chi)||Kimchi (from Korea)|
|–||マヨ (ma-yo)||Mayo (short for Mayonnaise)|
Sukiya restaurant in the backstreets of Shibuya. A takeaway window is located at the front of the store or you can eat inside.
牛丼 = Gyūdon
すき家 = Sukiya
Plenty of yummy choices – well except for Wasabi ^^
If you want to test your Japanese sign reading – click here for a larger view of the menu
Great meal for around USD$3
Someone is hungry!
It’s Japan so there has to be something electronic and this time it’s a simple help button to order more food or drink