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Hayashi rice
A plate of hayashi rice
Place of originJapan
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsRice, beef, onions, mushrooms, red wine, tomato sauce

Hayashi rice (ハヤシライス, hayashi raisu) is a dish popular in Japan as a Western-style dish, or yōshoku. It usually contains beef, onions, and button mushrooms in a thick demi-glace sauce, which often contains red wine and tomato sauce. This sauce is served atop or alongside steamed rice. The sauce is sometimes topped with a drizzle of fresh cream. Recipe variants sometimes include soy sauce[1] and sake.[2]

There are several theories about the origin of this dish and its name:[3][4]

The most popular theory is that it was created by Hayashi, the founder of Maruzen.[3][4]

Hayashi rice (closer) and curry rice (further) served at Maruzen [ja] (丸善) Cafe

Hayashi rice demonstrates a Western influence with the use of demi-glace and often red wine, but is unknown in Western countries. In fact, it contains ingredients popular in Japan: slices of beef (Hyōgo Prefecture is also famous for its Kobe beef), rice and demi-glace sauce (among others). It can be compared to another popular dish, the Japanese-style hamburger steak with demi-glace sauce. Another variation is the omuhayashi, a combination of omurice and hayashi rice. It also resembles a Japanese curry and usually appears on menus alongside curry.

Hayashi rice is one of Japan's most popular Western-style dishes. Thanks to the widespread availability of hayashi rice mix (normally sold as roux blocks) and prepared demiglace sauce (normally canned) at Japanese supermarkets, this dish is common household fare. Like Japanese curry, it is usually eaten with a spoon.

See also


  1. ^ Watanabe, Akiko. "Speedy Hayashi Rice (Beef Stew Poured over Rice)". NHK World-Japan. NHK. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Hayashi Rice". Kikkoman. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b 実はカレーライスよりも歴史が深い? 「ハヤシライス」誕生秘話. Aera. 30 March 2014
  4. ^ a b ハヤシライスの発祥はどの店? 有力とされる“二つの元祖”を食べ比べ. Fusosha. 16 November 2019