Wednesday, 6 October 2010



Have you ever come home too tired and uninspired to cook dinner?

That’s me (almost everyday).

This delicious one pot meal is a favourite of my kids and hubby.  I love it too.  It’s savoury and comforting.  Though I’m not Japanese, I’m thinking this might be one of those common weekday meals for the family because it’s so darned easy and economical.


When I came home today, I had all of half an hour to think of and make dinner.  I started my rice cooker and then I whipped out a pot and dumped in the sauce ingredients and brought that to a boil while I sliced onions and the raw chicken.  I dumped the chicken and onions in, lowered the heat and covered the lid for a little while while I cracked the eggs into a bowl.   By the time my daughter had almost finished practicing piano, I was pretty much done with the prep work.

I went down to listen to the last bit of her practicing and we got into another argument about how many times she’s supposed to practice her pieces.  She thinks that playing each piece twice (really fast) is enough; whereas I think that for the money I’m paying for lessons, I’d like her to practice each piece at least 4 times or even more until the icky-sounding parts sound better.  There was a lot of whining, which is high up there on my pet peeves…and a lot of wasting of time while she sighed and threw her little chest out as she pouted.   Since I don’t tolerate whining, there was a stand-off as usual.  Eventually, she relented.   I wonder why I  never acted like this when I practiced when I was younger.  I just did it and kept going at it until the piece of music sounded decent.  I couldn’t stand it if it didn’t sound like music to my ears.  I don’t even recall my mom telling me to go practice.  I just kind of did it.  

Well, by the time she was finished the oyako donburi was ready.   The savoury soy flavoured sauce and tender chicken and egg went down well.  We all forgot about the nit-pickyness of a few minutes ago.  Oyako Donburi tastes like a big hug.
4 cups cooked rice (Japanese rice preferred)
1 cup chopped chicken meat
1 cup sliced onions
4 large eggs
1 T chopped green onion
2 T sugar
4 T soya sauce [sub with gf soy sauce or tamari]
1 T mirin
1/4 t salt
1 t dashinomoto (instant stock mix)
1 cup water
freshly steamed rice to serve.
  1. Mix sauce ingredients together and heat in a medium saucepan
  2. Add chicken or beef and onions to the sauce. Cook until meat is done.
  3. Add slightly beaten eggs into the sauce mixture. Gently cook on medium heat (do not boil). Once eggs are cooked, turn heat off and let sit for approximately 3 minutes
  4. Pour the sauce mixture over bowls of hot rice
  5. Garnish with shredded nori and finely chopped green onions


Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Sounds like this meal can patch up any little tiffs. It certainly looks good enough to do so!

Anonymous said...

I had a similar argument with my son practising piano yesterday. I didn't let go until he could play the whole piece without any breaks, while he was content if he could play each line by itself properly once. Now I am relieved to know that I am not the only crazy one around :)
This one pot meal looks fab
- L

Tia said...

this is one of my favorite dishes too - soo tasty and so good.

Reckless Glue said...

definitely making this tonight!

a. maren said...

hehe i hate whining too. i used to be a preschool teacher and that would always lead to a standoff.

mmm this looks delicious, and so easy. thanks for the quick go to recipe!

LimeCake said...

i feel that way too, especially after a long day at work. this looks comforting and delicious!

Reckless Glue said...

me again --I finally made this and it was AMAZING. This is totally going to be in my regular "rotation" from now on... thanks for posting the recipe!

Cakebrain said...

Reckless Glue,
yay! I'm glad you liked it! it's so easy, isn't it?

Aurelia said...

Love the sound of the recipe and it looks so delicious! One question though, what is the measurement "T"? is that a tbsp? tsp? ton? lol! I've never seen a measure written as "T" before so I'm a bit stumped.

Cakebrain said...

the big "T" is for Tablespoon and a lower case "t" is for teaspoon.

Aurelia said...

Ahha! Thank you :D

..and thank you for the kind comment on my blog :)


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