Oyako-donburi (chicken and egg over rice)
Oyakodon is chicken and egg in seasoned broth over rice in a bowl. Oyako means parents and children, like chicken and egg, and don (donburi) means a bowl. It’s a whole meal in one bowl.
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- 6-8 cups hot cooked rice
- 4-5 eggs
- 1/4 pound (115g) chicken
- 2 long onions (naganegi) or 4 green onions
- 2 1/2 cups dashi or chicken stock
- 6 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 6 tbsp light soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sugar
1To Prepare: Boil plain white rice. Mix (do not beat) eggs in a bowl lightly with chopsticks or fork and set aside.
2Cut boned chicken (with or without skin, as preferred) into 1/4-inch (7.5mm) pieces. The chicken should be raw, but if the purpose of making the dish is to use leftovers, cooked chicken is fine, as is thin-sliced raw or cooked pork or beef. The flavor is best if you start with raw meat.
3Wash and clean onions. Cut diagonally into 1-inch (2.5cm) lengths.
4To cook: Combine ingredients for sauce in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Add chicken and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add onion and simmer 1 minute longer. Correct seasoning if necessary.
5Stir the eggs and pour gently in a steady stream around the chicken in the simmering sauce. Let the egg spread naturally. Do not stir. Keep heat at medium high till the egg starts to bubble at the edges. At this point, stir once. The egg will have almost set but will still be a little runny. Keep in mind that the high temperature of the rice over which the egg will be placed will do the final cooking. Do not let the egg cook hard.
6To assemble and serve: Put portions of hot rice, 1 1/2 to 2 cups, into individual donburi bowls, or use deep soup bowls. With a large spoon, scoop a portion of the egg topping and sauce and place on rice. Sauce will seep down into rice, but the dish will not be soupy. Serve immediately. With this meal-in-a-bowl, serve hot green tea. Goes well with a clear soup.