Monday, March 4, 2013

Hayashi Rice

Hayashi Rice Recipe

Like Cream Stew and Corn Potage, Hayashi Rice is a Yoshoku dish, which means it is the Japanese adaptation of a Western-style dish.  You can buy blocks of Hayashi Rice Ru (ハヤシライス) for the sauce base, however, I prefer to make things from scratch - and if you're not living in Japan, it's certainly the more accessible and affordable option.
I like to find easy ways to do things, so like most of what I do, this recipe is super-easy, avoiding the annoying procedure of making the demi-gras (that's a french word) separately, but producing pretty much the same result.

300g beef, sliced
2 onions, sliced
2 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp red wine (or sake)

1-2 tsp beef stock powder and 300ml water
1 cup tomato juice or tomato-based vegetable juice OR 5 Tbsp tomato paste+2/3 cup water
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce, optional
Potatoes and carrots, optional

1.  Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a frypan, and stir-fry beef and onions until beef is browned and onions are tender, adding the other Tbsp butter half-way through.
2.  Sprinkle flour over, quickly stir to coat the beef and stir-fry for a minute longer.
3.  Pour wine(or sake) onto the beef, let the alcohol evaporate a little, then add all remaining ingredients, stir and simmer 20 min.

Serve with rice on a pasta bowl or plate and sprinkle with Ao-nori, if desired.  Eat with a fork and spoon (not chopsticks).


  1. Thanks so much! I think I'll be making this for dinner tonight!

  2. Yum! I've always wondered how to make this from scratch. Arigato! I'm going to pin this recipe so I can find it later!

  3. Thank you! I'm so happy you posted this recipe from scratch. I used to buy the roux blocks, but since moving. They're impossible to find here. I look forward to making this very soon.

  4. Delicious recipe! My boyfriend is relatively new to Japanese cuisine and your website is the perfect resource. Thank you for posting all these!

  5. Konnichiwa Little Japan Mama!
    I am so thrilled to have found your site!
    Hayashi Raisu looks so oishii :)
    I would like to know if sake or red wine was an absolute necessity?
    Or can something else be used instead without taking away any flavor?