{April 17, 2020}

Original inspiration was Terrace House actually, LOL. They made “gapao rice” on the show and it looked easy yet delicious. While poking around online for some recipes, I saw two recipes (Cooking Japanese Style and A Day in the Kitchen) and was inspired to make my own ground beef bowl. Super simple, quick, and I think will be a staple in my recipe book from now on.

1 lb of ground beef (and obviously ground chicken or ground pork would be great subtitutes!) basically makes enough for maybe 4 small to medium-sized bowls. I personally found those recipes to be a little bit bland so I did end up tossing in other random ingredients…I don’t know exact amounts but here is my best estimate:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs mirin
  • 1 tbs sake
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of chili flakes, paprika, onion powder
  • white pepper
  • chopped green onions
  • 4 over-easy eggs

Heat up oil in a frying pan with medium heat. Fry the garlic and onion for about 2 minutes.

Prepare in a small bowl: oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, mirin, sake, honey, cornstarch, sesame oil, seasonings (chili flakes, paprika, onion powder, white pepper). Mix well. Taste the sauce and see how you want to adjust it.

Add ground beef and fry while breaking up into pieces with a spatula.

Once the ground beef is no longer pink, make sure you dump out the excess liquid and fat.

Add the sauce. Stir in the chopped green onions. Turn off heat when you’re satisfied with the consistency of the sauce and the meat has absorbed the flavors.

Fry 4 over-easy eggs (or however you prefer your eggs cooked).

Place white rice in a bowl, scoop some ground beef onto it, and top it off with an egg. Drizzle on hot sauce if you prefer it a little kick (sriracha, chili sauce, etc).