Grilled Beef with Japanese BBQ Sauce (Yakiniku)

Posted November 21st, 2009 in Food 4 Comments »
I had a craving for beef the other day, so I run to an Asian supermarket near my house and bought a pack of thinly sliced beef. This recipe is very easy and quick to make, and so delicious!
Thinly sliced meat are available at Asian supermarkets or Asian butchers, and it’s often used in Asian cuisine, including Japanese. (eg: sukiyaki, shabu shabu, yakiniku, beef bowl, etc) Usually the thinly sliced meat is either pork or beef.
At the Asian supermarket I saw some thinly sliced beef tongue too! I love beef tongue… it might sound gross, but it really tastes great if you lightly grill (yakiniku) with seasoning (salt&pepper) and eat with lemon juice. I will buy it next time 🙂
<Beef Yakiniku Donburi>
  • 200g thinly sliced beef
  • steamed rice
  • 1 clove garlic – minced
  • 2.5 tbs soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs sake (cooking wine)
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients from <a>.
  2. Marinade beef in <1> for 10 mins.
  3. Remove the beef from the marinade and sear in a lightly oiled hot pan for a few minutes on each side or until done to your likeness.
  4. Arrange beef and steamed rice in a bowl, and enjoy !

4 Comments on “Grilled Beef with Japanese BBQ Sauce (Yakiniku)”

  1. 1 Bishonencam said at 5:53 pm on November 23rd, 2009:

    I made this last night and it was really delicious! ^_^
    I didn’t have any finely sliced beef, so I took some beef out of the freezer and waited until it was thawed out a little and then sliced it as fine as I could. I buy Kiwi brand knives as they are very cheap and extremely sharp. I want to save up and buy some japanese kinves as I know they are some of the best in the world…. but maybe I’ll wait until I have a bigger kitchen.
    It came out a little thicker than the packet stuff, but it works out cheaper than buying it pre-cut and if you just marinate it for longer it turns out just as tasty.
    Ume! What sugar is the best to use?
    I used castor because it’s so fine, but I normally use raw sugar as it’s better for you. But I’ve also heard people boil water and dissolve the sugar first. What do you recommend?
    Also, what kind of rice do you use? I buy the ordinary medium grain rice from the supermarket but I recently bought “Japanese rice” (I can’t remember the brand :P) and it was so much better! Is it possible to cook medium grain rice so it turns out like Japanese rice? I love Japanese rice but it’s a little too expensive for me 🙁
    I LOOOOOOOOOVE gyutan too! :
    Have you been to Hana BBQ in Northbridge? They do all you can eat BBQ (with the cooker in the table) and they have salads, cooked dishes, meats, marinated meats and……… GYUTAN!! ^_^
    It’s very popular and the tray becomes empty quick and is always being refilled!
    I usually eat too much and feel sick afterwards.
    *PHEW* I wrote a lot! Sorry….. 😛

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 12:20 pm on November 24th, 2009:

    Hi Bishonencam!

    Freeze a chunk of beef (or pork) and defrost little bit, then slice thinly ☚ I do that too!! 🙂 Yes it’s cheaper than buying packed thin slices of meat, but a person who hasn’t got enough time to cook can buy the meat from shops..

    You know, I bought a bread knife from Japan and was using it in the class when I was studying cookery. Once chef asked me “Ume, your knife is so good.. where did you buy it from?” I told him that I bought it from Japan, and everyone was like “oh, that’s why.’ But, actually the bread knife was from 100 yen shop!! The quality is so good that I’m still using it at home and still sharp.
    I guess Japanese knives are some of the best in the world, as you said.

    Are you planning to reform your kitchen bigger? I really want to have a large kitchen too, I can stay there all day 🙂

    I normally use raw sugar. Yes, we normally boil sake or water first then add sugar to dissolve, but I don’t do that at home :p Or, you can microwave sake and sugar first then cool it down, and marinate beef with other ingredients.

    When I cook Japanese dish or sushi, I use Japanese rice. I’m not sure what brand of rice are available in Perth, but I normally use Akitakomachi, Akitaotome, SunRice etc… Japanese short grain rice is very expensive here and that’s what I keep saying to my dad!

    Some Japanese restaurants use medium grain rice, so it should be ok, I guess. Well I’m not picky so I’m ok with any rice, but yes proper Japanese rice does taste different.

    I’ve been to Hana BBQ when it was in Applecross. I don’t remember they had gyu-tan then, but I love this place too 🙂 I will go there soon to eat as much as gyu-tan I can!

  3. 3 Justyna said at 9:02 pm on August 19th, 2013:

    I’ve tried this recipe last weekend and I totally loved it! The taste was so amazing I wished I made more.
    However I changed sth. I didn’t have any sake at home, so I used mirin instead. It still was delicious

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 11:58 am on September 23rd, 2013:

    Justyna, I’m glad you like the recipe. Living away from Japan I sometimes miss these delicious yakiniku!

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