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!