Yakiniku Don vs. Gyudon: What’s the Difference?
Donburi (丼), whose literal meaning is Bowl, is the Japanese word for rice bowl dish, usually abbreviated to Don (丼) when used in the dish’s name, like Kaisen-Don (海鮮丼), Katsu-Don (カツ丼), or Gyu-Don (牛丼).
Among such things, Gyudon is well-recognized overseas, known as the Japanese beef bowl in English-speaking countries.
In addition to that, we often enjoy Yakiniku-Don (焼肉丼), similar to Gyudon, which seems to confuse many people.
Yakiniku Don (Donburi) vs. Gyudon Beef Bowl
As you can guess, this article is the previous post‘s continuation.
As I wrote in it, Yakiniku (焼肉: literally, grilling or grilled meat) is a Japanese grill where diners cook various portions of beef and pork on a gridiron set on the table for themselves.
Then, what is Yakiniku Don? and how does the Donburi dish differ from the beef bowl Gyudon? For the unfamiliar, this article will give an overview of each.
Yakiniku Don (焼肉丼)
First, Yakiniku Don (焼肉丼) is a simple Donburi dish consisting of a warm bowl of white rice topped with grilled Yakiniku meat garnished with lettuce.
Usually, the meat prepared for this Donburi is thinly sliced beef or pork that is not greasy (Ex. pork shoulder chops).
As for cooking, you grill or pan-fry the meat first, then season it with a thick savory sauce called Yakiniku no Tare (焼肉のタレ: sauce meant for Yakiniku) and place it on a bed of plain rice.
Supermarkets in Japan (nowadays, even online marketplaces, like Amazon) carry various varieties of ready-made Yakiniku no Tare sauce, so this Donburi dish is relatively easy to prepare.
Unlike Yakiniku Don, the meat prepared for Gyudon is limited to beef, as the word 牛 (Gyu), also pronounced as Ushi (牛), is the Kanji character for the cow.
As for cooking, you first simmer beef with onions and other ingredients, such as Shirataki, in a sauce made with soy sauce, Dashi stock, and Mirin sweet cooking rice wine, and then place it on a bed of plain rice.
Compared to Yakiniku Don, Gyudon is more casual and commonly eaten in Japan, where several restaurant chains, such as Sukiya (すき家), Yoshinoya (吉野家), and Matsuya (松屋), offer it as a fast food.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 牛丼 )