{food} Recipe: Vegan Gyuudon (Poor Student Edition)


At the beginning of my veganism journey ( = last year in fall/winter), I attempted making vegan gyuudon, and it turned out well, at least for my standards. Gyuudon ( 牛丼, “beef bowl”) is typical Japanese dish (more on the fast food side), basically consisting of white rice topped with beef and onion that were cooked in a sauce mixture of soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, mirin (rice wine) and dashi (fish stock).

For my vegan version, I simply left out the dashi and replaced the beef with the Vantastic Foods: Soja Schnetzel – a meat replacement made of mostly soy. Vegan, gluten free, and all that jazz. Vantastic Foods makes tons of cool vegan replacement products (all kinds of meat replacements, fish replacements, chocolate etc.), so definitely go check them out online or go see if your local supermarket sells any of their products.

Anyway, as the title already indicates, this recipe is the poor (and lazy, really) student version, meaning that I eyeballed the ingredient quantities and meaning that I may or may not have left out some of the ingredients for the sauce because I didn’t have them at home and didn’t have money to go get them … but the final product still tasted really good, I promise. Here it goes:

Vegan Gyuudon

You need:

  • 3/4 cup of (white) rice – but you can use any rice you want, really
  • Vantastic Foods: Soja Schnetzel – I just used around 2 handfuls
  • one medium onion – or a large one, if you really really really like onion and want to have bad breath for all eternity
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce – or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1,5 tablespoons mirin
  • salt, pepper, chili spices – a bit of garlic powder might be nice, too, if you have that, but I’m not fancy enough
  • some pickled ginger to top it off – I heard that the yellow/beige one is healthier, but I used the pink one when I made the recipe


  1. Boil the rice – for a 3/4 cup of white rice, I used 1 1/2 cups of water
  2. Prepare the Soja Schnetzel according to package instructions – as far as I remember, you have to soak it in boiling hot water for around 5 to 10 minutes, and then squeeze all the water out of them (I usually just use my hands)
  3. Cut the Soja Schnetzel into thin strips (I believe the pieces are already pretty small and thin … but cut them even thinnerrrrrrr, okay)
  4. Slice the onion and cry
  5. Mix your soy sauce/tamari, teriyaki sauce, mirin and spices in a frypan. Turn on the stove, let the sauce mixture heat up.image4
  6. Once it’s kind of hot, add your soy meat and onion, and cover your frypan with a lid. ow just leave everthing to simmer on low/medium-low heat until the soy meat and the onion have absorbed all – or at least almost all – of the sauce mixture.image1 (1)
  7. Once everything’s (kind of) absorbed, turn off the heat, take your frypan off the stove and add your soy meat, onion (and whatever is left of the sauce, if anything) on top of your boiled white rice in a bowl.
  8. Top with pickled ginger, and you’re done. Enjoy.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe. If you do decide to try it, let me know how it went for you! Thanks for reading ☆

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