Japanese rice bowl

With a fussy eater at home, when I plan my cooking for the day, I usually have to come up with creative ways of hiding the ingredients that they don’t like to eat just to ensure that they have a balance and nutritious meal.

Japanese rice bowl, ‘gyudon’ also known as Japanese Beef Rice Bowl is one of the favourite meal where my fussy as picky eater loved. Hence tonight I decided to be creative and cook the dish where it is nutritious while ensuring that there will be no issues of getting them to eat anything that they don’t like ☺️

I made ‘butadon’ also known as Japanese Pork Rice Bowl. The recipe below however is not limited to pork only as it can be replaced with beef or chicken.


  • 300gm thinly sliced meat of choice (beef, chicken or pork depending on your preference)  
  • 250gm bacon (optional) – chopped roughly  
  • 100ml water / stock
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 onion – thinly sliced  
  • 350gm of cabbage – thinly sliced


  • Soya sauce to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Cooked Japanese rice 
  • Raw eggs (optional)


  1. In the wok, heat up the olive oil
  2. Add in the onions and stir-fry for 1 minute
  3. Add in the bacon (optional) and stir-fry till both onions and bacon are mildly cooked
  4. Add in the meat and stir-fry for 5 minutes (if you choose beef, note that beef does not require the 5 minutes but just stir-fry for less than 3 minutes)
  5. Add in the water / stock
  6. Add in the sugar, soya sauce and the pepper to taste 
  7. Add in the vegetables 
  8. Off the fire once it is cook
  9. In the bowl, scoop in the desired portion of rice
  10. Top the meat mixture
  11. If you choose the optional egg, add in the raw egg 
  12. Serve hot
  13. Stir everything together before you eat. The optional raw egg will cook slightly with the hot meat and rice when it is blended

Recipe yield 4 portions


                       Served with egg  

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