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Beef Soboro

Beef Soboro

Beef Soboro
Beef Soboro

Prior to a bento craze that I went through a few years back, I was unaware of the existence of this awesome dish, in fact, I hadn't even heard of Beef Soboro in Japanese cuisine, until my research for 'common bento dishes' led me to this great website called JustBento and to this recipe.

As to my bento craze phase, it occurred back when my husband and I were newly-weds and I wanted to make bento lunch boxes for him to take to work. Now, when I decide on a project, I go all out and off I went on a spree to buy all those cute little plastic toothpicks with cartoon animals drawn onto them, grass dividers, and the teeny-tiny plastic 'bottles' with equally teeny-tiny covers to hold sauces. They were so pretty, and I soon found myself looking forward to decorating the evening's lunch box every night.

Alas! That phase did not last long - firstly it was too time consuming to cook a separate meal after sweating it out over that day's dinner, and secondly my husband is a realtor, so most times he moves around, and even if he's stationed at a showflat, they don't have a microwave available. Very impractical. And as I gave that up, I breathed a sigh of relief along with a sigh of sadness that all the bento paraphernalia wouldn't be needed anymore.

During that bento craze phase I went through, I made this beef soboro rather often - it was delicious, very quick and easy, and looked beautiful when you set it next to scrambled eggs or the japanese style egg omelette that is in the above photo. As I mentioned earlier, I got the recipe off of JustBento, but over the years I have tweaked it just a little, and here I share my slightly tweaked version of the Beef Soboro with you, enjoy!

Beef Soboro: Ginger and Garlic
Beef Soboro: Ginger and Garlic
 
  Beef Soboro: Ginger and Garlic   A note about the ginger that you will need:  as I  find it difficult to articulate (or in this case, write  about) how much ginger is required, I have  provided a photo instead-->

Beef Soboro: Ginger and Garlic

A note about the ginger that you will need:  as I

find it difficult to articulate (or in this case, write

about) how much ginger is required, I have

provided a photo instead-->

 
 Beef Soboro  Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cooking Time: 15 minutes  Total time: 25 minutes  Serves: 4      Ingredients:   · 400g ground Beef  · 5 garlic cloves  · A piece of Ginger like in the photo above  · 4 stalks of Spring/green Onions    · 2 tablespoons  Sesame oil   · 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce  · 1 to 2 tablespoons of Dark Soy Sauce   · 3 to 4 teaspoons of Sugar  · 1 teaspoon of salt      Instructions:   1) Start by dicing up the ginger and garlic as finely as possible and chop up  the spring onions.  2) In a wok or skillet, heat up the sesame oil and toss in the  ginger, garlic and spring onions. Move the ingredients around with a  spatula to prevent them from browning too quickly.  3) Next, add in the ground beef and stir it around to brown it over medium  heat, this will take about 3--4 minutes. When about 3/4 of the beef is  cooked, add in the seasonings:  the amount of dark soy sauce determines  the color of the beef (more if you'd prefer a darker hue) while the sugar is  dependant on how sweet you want your beef soboro to be.  4) When the beef is thoroughly cooked, serve it up over a bowl of steamed  japanese rice.  Oishīdesu!

Beef Soboro

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

· 400g ground Beef

· 5 garlic cloves

· A piece of Ginger like in the photo above

· 4 stalks of Spring/green Onions  

· 2 tablespoons Sesame oil

· 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce

· 1 to 2 tablespoons of Dark Soy Sauce

· 3 to 4 teaspoons of Sugar

· 1 teaspoon of salt

 

Instructions:

1) Start by dicing up the ginger and garlic as finely as possible and chop up

the spring onions.

2) In a wok or skillet, heat up the sesame oil and toss in the

ginger, garlic and spring onions. Move the ingredients around with a

spatula to prevent them from browning too quickly.

3) Next, add in the ground beef and stir it around to brown it over medium

heat, this will take about 3--4 minutes. When about 3/4 of the beef is

cooked, add in the seasonings:  the amount of dark soy sauce determines

the color of the beef (more if you'd prefer a darker hue) while the sugar is

dependant on how sweet you want your beef soboro to be.

4) When the beef is thoroughly cooked, serve it up over a bowl of steamed

japanese rice. Oishīdesu!

 
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