How to Make Hiroki San’s Soboro Don

Hiroki San, a Japanese-inspired restaurants in Detroit’s Book Tower, shares its recipe for Soboro Don for you to try at home.
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Photograph by Rebecca Simonov

Ingredients

Steamed Rice

  • 4 cups sushi-grade rice
  • 4 cups water

Soba Soy

  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 3/4 cup mirin
  • 3 1/3 cups dashi broth
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup shoyu (dark soy sauce)

Chicken Soboro

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup shoyu

Directions

Steamed Rice

  1. Wash the rice about three times while gently moving the rice around in a bowl. The water should be clear after rinsing and washing the rice the third time.
  2. Add the water and rice to a rice cooker. Allow rice to cook per instructions.

Soba Soy

  1. Gently heat sake, mirin, dashi, and sugar over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add in the shoyu.

Chicken Soboro

  1. In a pot filled with water, add ground chicken and bring to a simmer. Cook for about five minutes to remove the fat from the chicken.
  2. Drain the chicken and discard the water. Add the sake to a pan followed by the cooked chicken. Bring to a boil, then add the sugar. Cook until most of the moisture has been released. Once the pan is almost dry, add the shoyu and cook for 1 more minute, being careful not to burn the shoyu.
  3. In a bowl, add steamed rice, top with the chicken soboro and the soba soya to taste. Optionally top with poached egg, pickled ginger, and nori.

Hiroki-San is located at 1265 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Call 313-597-8344 or visit hirokisandetroit.com. Plus, be sure to check out hourdetroit.com for even more recipes from area restaurants including Prime 29 Steakhouse’s jumbo lump crab cakes and Adachi’s garlic butter lobster fried rice


This story originally appeared in the June 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of Hour Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on June 6.