Don is a Japanese rice dish which consists of stir-fried meat such as beef, chicken, fish or pork cutlet and vegetables served on a rice bowl. The name ‘oyakodon’ can be translated into “parent-and-child’ rice bowl.
Oyako don is often made with chicken and eggs with everyday ingredients and a simple recipe. The crucial part of the recipe is to make sure that the egg is not overcooked and still runny. Japanese rice bowls are not only available at restaurants on the street but are also common to make at home. The rice bowl is to be comforting and heartwarming to the consumers by the Japanese.
What Is A Salmon Ikura Oyako Don?
This salmon version of the dish features fragrant Japanese rice topped with sashimi salmon (or baked salmon) and salmon roe for a delicious seafood version. This one-pot meal is simple to prepare as it comes together in less than 30 minutes and is suitable for those that don’t have the time to cook. All you have to do is cook the rice, and make sure the salmon and fish roe are fresh!
Elements In A Donburi
The sauce used for different types of donburi might be different, but the sauce for a donburi consists typically of dashi, mirin, soy sauce and sugar. Each ingredient is vital to compose the flavour. Hence, one missing element may affect the taste.
The rice used in a donburi is the standard Japanese rice used across different Japanese dishes. The cooking duration of rice dramatically affects the texture of the meal. Usually, the rice is cooked until slightly hard for it to maintain its form after soaking in the donburi sauce.
History Of Donburi
The history of donburi can be traced back to the Edo era from 1603-1867 in Japan. The first-ever don to appear in Japan was the unagi don. A broiled eel was placed on a bowl of hot steamy rice and was customarily eaten at the theatre.
Since then, the dish grew popular and spread across Japan because it is tasty and easy to prepare. At the same time, other rice dishes such as chameshi-ya (rice cooked in Japanese tea) was prevalent. Thus, restaurants serving rice bowls started to appear all over Japan. Different types of donburi started popping up all around Japan after the Meiji era between the year 1868 to 1912 in Japan.
Deep frying pork was famous as Emperor Meji brought western cooking culture into Japan and there was no longer a ban on eating pork.
Types Of Salmon Don
There are various donburi dishes featuring salmon. One of them is this salmon ikura oyako don featuring raw salmon and salmon roe. Besides, one can opt for the cooked salmon version, which is topped with teriyaki salmon. The seafood version that comes with salmon, shrimp and squid is also another popular option for salmon donburi.
How To Eat A Donburi
Donburi can be simply eaten with a pair of chopsticks, also known as hashi in Japanese along with a spoon. One can mix the sauce and rice together, then eat the rice with a spoon and the toppings using chopsticks.
Where To Find Salmon Ikura Oyako Don In Malaysia
Salmon ikura oyako don can be found in all chain sushi restaurants in Malaysia. It can also be found at authentic Japanese restaurants or stalls that sell Japanese cuisine.
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