Fusae-san's Hayashi Rice
Hayashi rice is Japanese fusion dish with a long history and is a common everyday meal in a lot of homes. With beef, mushrooms, onions, and tomato-based "demi-glace" sauce, it's savory, slightly sweet and a bit tangy all at the same time. This particular recipe comes from a family in Maebashi. "Secret" ingredients like chocolate and extra red wine will give you much more flavor than the usual!
Background: Naoko Matsushita taught me this recipe for the Maebashi Shokudo Project. Naoko lived in a 3-generation household and her mother-in-law, Fusae, would cook it for everyone even though she was in a wheelchair. She had a special touch, so every single person in the family loved her Hayashi rice!
- Japanese beef (trimmings will do fine) (600 g)
- Heinz Demi Glace Sauce (840 g can)
- Onions (6 medium)
- Garlic (1 clove)
- Canned mushrooms (2 small cans)
- Vegetable oil (1 Tbsp or as needed)
- Butter (a dollop)
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- Ketchup (100 ml )
- Worcestershire sauce (50 ml)
- Sugar (20 g)
- Chocolate (25 g)
- Bay leaves (about 3)
- Red wine (300 ml)
- Bouillon powder (8 g)
- Lemon juice (1 Tbsp)
- Salt & pepper (to taste)
Cut onions into round slices 1 cm thick.
Add some oil to a large pot and sauté onions until slightly browned.
In a separate frying pan, melt butter and sauté minced garlic. Add beef and continue cooking, lightly sprinkling with salt & pepper.
When finished cooking, separate amount into 1/3 and 2/3 portions.
Add the can of Demi Glace sauce and a can full of hot water to the pot with the onions (use the hot water to dissolve the remaining sauce in the can and juices from the frying pan).
Add in 1/3 of the beef and the mushrooms.
Mix in the sauce seasonings - Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chocolate, bay leaves, red wine, bouillon, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Simmer on low for 30 minutes. Let sit overnight if possible (the flavor gets better!).
When youʼre ready to eat, add the remaining 2/3 of the beef and a bit of butter. Heat and serve.
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