Donburi Dish: What is Bakudan Don?

“Donburi (丼)”, literally meaning “bowl”, is the Japanese word for “rice bowl dish”, which is usually abbreviated to “Don (丼)” in the dish name.

Meanwhile, “Bakudan (ばくだん, 爆弾)” actually means “bomb” in Japanese, but what exactly is “Bakudan Don (ばくだん丼)”?

Bakudan Don (ばくだん丼)

Bakudan Don

The rice bowl dish Bakudan Don can be seen in various areas of Japan, and the ingredients prepared for it vary depending on the region and each household.

But the donburi dish typically consists of a bowl of white rice topped with chopped or thinly sliced raw tuna, natto (fermented soybeans), raw egg, and sliced okra. 

And other food materials that may be used include Tororo (grated yam), shredded nori (seaweed), mentaiko (roe), takuan (pickles), shrimps, and sliced squid.

Ootoya's BakudandonImage: Wikipedia ばくだん丼

Like sushi and sashimi, the donburi is usually eaten with soy sauce and wasabi (grated Japanese horseradish), and some Japanese restaurant chains, including “Ootoya (大戸屋)”, are offering it.

Origin of the Name

As for the origin of the name, there are some theories; As an example, one holds that Bakudan comes from the mixed ingredients that resemble a bomb.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia ばくだん丼


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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