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It Only Takes a Trip to the Japanese Grocery to Make Tokyo Tokyo’s Beef Misono Bento

July 23, 2019

When your stomach calls for a quick Japanese food fix that doesn’t break the bank, Tokyo Tokyo is the answer. From ramen to donburi, the fast food chain offers several options from the cuisine. But one of their most satisfying (and bang-for-your-buck) items on the menu are their bentos. For less than PHP200, you get a combo of unlimited rice, side vegetables, and your choice of meat or seafood.

“If it doesn’t have red ginger, you’re doing it wrong.” – someone from the Pepper team who loves Tokyo Tokyo’s Beef Misono Bento

Of all their bentos, Beef Misono is the one that everyone orders without a second thought. Quit pretending that you have to think about what you’re getting⁠—you know you’re going to end up with this.

Save yourself from harboring the guilt of eating at another fast food restaurant this week, and make the dish at home with our Tokyo Tokyo food hack. It comes out a bit salty, so feel free to dip it in some ponzu to add some sweetness.

Tokyo Tokyo’s Beef Misono Bento

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Beef Misono

  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 800g beef, thinly sliced (sukiyaki cut)
  • 1 cup water or beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce

Bento Components

  • Pickled ginger, for serving
  • Rice, for serving
  • Mixed vegetables, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a pot set over medium-low heat, add oil and garlic.
  2. Sauté garlic until just fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add beef then water or broth to the pot.
  4. Stir continuously, breaking up the beef into pieces as it cooks.
  5. Continue to cook the beef until brown, about 5-8 minutes, then season with soy sauce and stir until well combined.
  6. Continue cooking beef until tender and liquid is reduced by half.
  7. Serve over rice and with mixed vegetables, topped with red pickled ginger.

Note: Beef sliced specifically for this dish can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets, or at specialty Korean/Japanese groceries where red pickled ginger can be found as well.

Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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