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Zojirushi Corporation has reached the century mark! We are extremely grateful that you, our faithful followers, have made Zojirushi a part of your daily lives. We feel that you are as passionate about great food and good cooking as we are, and we’re honored that we’ve been able to help you prepare in the kitchen.
This month we’re celebrating our anniversary with some easy to make Donburi dishes—rice bowl recipes that are a huge part of Japanese food culture, and a huge part of Zojirushi’s rice cooker history.
Donburi, which literally means “bowl” in Japanese, are a classic favorite among families in Japan. Various ingredients are used and delicately placed over a hot bed of white rice, served in an oversized ceramic bowl that may be twice the size of a regular rice bowl. This is an ideal dish to make use of your leftovers or to clean out your refrigerator.
Which came first? In this case, they both do, in perfect harmony in a classic rice bowl. “Oyako” literally means “parent and child” in Japanese—what a perfect name for this dish!
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Fried tofu is the basic ingredient used in this donburi, which according to Japanese folklore, is the favorite food of the fox. Hence the name Kitsune (fox) Donburi!
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This Korean based dish uses grilled beef marinated with gochujang, a Korean chili pepper paste. The grilled bits of beef explode with flavor in your mouth, a perfect pairing with white rice!
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Tamago-Donburi: Learn this recipe if you like donburi. It will become the basis of dozens of other donburi dishes just by adding different ingredients and toppings to the omelette style egg. The recipe only serves one because it is made one at a time in a single frying pan.   Gyu-Don: This donburi is the most popular of all the bowl dishes in Japan. Thinly sliced beef and onion boiled in a savory-sweet sauce, gently laid out over steaming hot rice--it's definitely habit forming. You'll need the thin-cut beef, which you can get from your butcher or at most Asian supermarkets.   Ten-Don: A shortcut name for tempura-donburi, Ten-don is quite simply tempura on a bed of hot white rice. The mildly sweet sauce that is drizzled over it not only seasons the deep fried shrimp and vegetables, it also gives the rice its own flavor that can be enjoyed all by itself. Ten-don is a one-bowl meal that is extremely popular in Japan.   Tekka-Donburi: This one is eaten at room temperature because the key ingredient is tuna (or maguro) sashimi laid out over sushi rice. Usually served with a small mound of wasabi, the donburi style makes it easy to eat.
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  See recipe for Gyu-Don   See recipe for Ten-Don   See recipe for Sushi Rice
A donburi is a bowl of rice topped with delicious foods. Toppings can be anything from cutlets, Teriyaki chicken, barbecued eel and much more. Explore with a variety of foods and create your favorite donburi today!
Zojirushi is the first to introduce the keep warm feature on a rice cooker.   Zojirushi's first MICOM (microcomputer) rice cooker debuts.   Using MICOM technology, Zojirushi introduces different menu settings for cooking different varieties of rice.   IH (induction heating) replaces the standard heating element as the better way to heat the cooking urn.   The PRESSURE system is introduced as a further advancement to rice cooking technology.
Menu settings and features differ according to model--refer to product details.
The company that would become Zojirushi is established as a manufacturer of hand-blown glass liners.   Zojirushi's first product manufactured after WWII, the chrome brass plated Pelican Carafe.   The world's first electric rice warmer Shiawase used electricity instead of vacuum insulation to keep rice warm.   Zojirushi's first Air Pot® dispenser allowed dispensing without having to lift and tip to dispense.
Zojirushi markets its first electricity to boil water AND keep it warm.   Zojirushi begins manufacturing stainless steel vacuum insulated products, and expands its lineup to commercial carafes and Air Pot® dispensers.   Manufacturing the world's first vacuum insulated gravity flow dispenser required refined technique to produce a small, second opening on the bottom.
The first Home Bakery breadmaker is sold in Japan.   The world's first vacuum insulated coffee server that fits under a commercial brewer was a landmark product that changed the way coffee would be kept warm and served in the coffee industry.
Next month we feature dishes that go well with bread, and dishes that go well with rice. We’ve got you covered either way—find out how!