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'Oyako Don' Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl

'Oyako Don' Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl

This is our family recipe for oyako don. Bite into chunks of fluffy and juicy chicken meat seasoned with a sweet sauce.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Chicken thigh meat
1 and 1/2 thighs
Onion
1 large
Shimeji mushrooms
1/2 pack
Sauce
Sake
50ml
Mirin
50ml
Soy sauce
50ml
Sugar
1 tablespoon
Eggs
6
Plain cooked rice
4 bowls
Shredded nori seaweed
to taste

Steps

1. Make the sauce. Put the mirin and sake in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Add the soy sauce and sugar, and bring to the boil again.
3. Cut the vegetables and chicken. Cut the onion in half, then slice lengthwise into about 5 mm thick. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Chop off the root ends of the shimeji mushrooms and shred.
4. Take out about half of the sauce, add the chicken to the remaining sauce and add water to cover.
5. When the cooking liquid comes to the boil and the chicken is just about cooked through, take it out. Skim off the scum from the liquid.
6. Add the onion to the cooking liquid and simmer until transparent, then add the shimeji mushrooms. The topping is done. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed by adding some of the reserved sauce.
7. Transfer to another pan to cook the egg, add the chicken pieces, pour in the beaten egg and cover with a lid. Cook until the egg is soft-set over low-medium heat. In our house, we make 4 servings at a time in a frying pan.
8. Put some rice into bowls and pour the egg-chicken mixture on top. Add the leftover simmering liquid, sprinkle with nori seaweed and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

My father didn't like chicken, so I never had a proper oyako don until I was grown up. I used the type of oyako don you get at a soba noodle restaurant as a reference.