Recipe by Fireflylover
My daughter, who is taking Japanese classes, wanted to make this recipe from her textbook. I can't tell you how proud of her I was watching her put this together and also how perfectly fantastic this hearty dish was on the cold, rainy evening that it was served. A little info from the textbook....Oyako means "parent and child" (look at the ingredients....chicken and eggs!!) Donburi is for the bowl in which it is served. One variation is tanin ("unrelated" or "outsider") donburi made with beef and egg. Another is Katsudon with the meat being a sliced, breaded pork cutlet. *Nori is thin, paper-like seaweed. ** Mirin is a sweet cooking seasoning containing corn syrup, water, rice wine and vinegar. You may substitute 3 tablespoons of rice wine with 1 tablespoon of sugar. It looks labor intensive but I assure you it is not! Enjoy!!
- cooked rice (to fill bowls)
- 3⁄4 lb chicken breasts or 3⁄4 lb chicken thigh
- 4 eggs
- 4 pieces dried mushrooms
- 3 stalks watercress (I used green onions instead) (optional)
- 1 nori sushi sheet (to garnish)
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 1⁄4 cup mirin
- 1 3⁄4 cups water
Directions See How It's Made
- Soak mushrooms in water ahead of time.
- Slice chicken into thin pieces.
- Wash watercress throughly, cut to 1 1/2 inches pieces.
- Beat eggs well in a container. When serving in individual bowls, separate eggs into four portions.
- After mushrooms have softened, remove stems and cut into small pieces. (I used a packaged of dried Shiataki mushrooms found in the Oriental section of my grocery store).
- PREPARING THE BROTH AND COOKING:.
- Quickly boil all broth ingredients together.
- Remove from heat.
- Add chicken, mushrooms, green onions/watercress and let boil.
- Immediately lower heat and remove scum that may have surfaced to the top of the broth.
- Cook for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Slowly and gently pour the beaten egg mixture.
- from about 8 - 10 inches above the broth so that the egg cooks into a stringy consistency.
- Fill the donburi bowls with 2/3 full with hot rice.
- Gently ladle broth mixture over rice.
- Garnish with slivers of nori. (I used my kitchen shears to strip it up).
- Serve hot.