After publishing over 50 recipes on TB, you’d think that as a breakfast lover, I’d have a bundle of breakfast recipes, but I don’t. Breakfast should be on the no-fuss side of things, especially when you’re on the go in the morning, but I think you weekend breakfasters will appreciate this dish. Many of you may be familiar with donburi, a Japanese rice bowl dish topped with meat of your choice. Oyakodon is a type of donburi in that it is characterized by its usage of egg, making it perfect for breakfast or brunch. My Tofu Oyakodon recipe is a medium fuss breakfast/brunch recipe, perfect for kitchen beginners. It’s easy, efficient, cheap, & delicious that it works as a great base recipe. Since you have to bake the tofu & you’ve got some dishes to wash, it’s kind of a medium fuss type of meal, but well worth it, I promise! Modify it to your own personal preferences because if you’ve never eaten oyakodon before, it’ll change your breakfast game. So what else is the fuss with this recipe? Chopping up onions & mixing an egg. You can handle that, right? Right? No one needs a doctorate to chop up some onions, so be more proactive & less lazy, GET CHOPPIN’!
If you love eggs as much as I do, grab this recipe. So the next time you go to a Japanese restaurant, you’ll know the difference between donburi & oyakodon. If you’re wondering what a “sake don” or a “katsudon” is, it should all make sense now that we’ve defined donburi. “Sake” is Japanese for salmon & “don” is donburi shortened. Katsu refers to deep fried pork cutlets, often served with egg, & a tangy yet sweet sauce. Add it over a bowl of rice & you’ve got katsudon. My recipe calls for sake, but I mean the Japanese alcoholic beverage, not salmon. Not trying to trick anyone here!
In hindsight, I should’ve made a katsu recipe since “katsu” is a Japanese homophone of a verb that means “to win.” My title would’ve been the ultimate pun. Whatever, you’re still winning if you’re enjoying a bowl of oyakodon. Baked tofu is healthier than deep fried tofu anyway.
What are some of your favorite Japanese rice dishes? What is your favorite rice dish of all time? Also, for the sake of contrast, what’s your least favorite rice dish of all time? Have a great weekend, everyone! Couldn’t have timed this post better, hah!