Jollibee-Inspired Honey Beef Rice

When will Jollibee bring back their Honey Beef Rice? Don't wait another 20 years. Make this recipe for superior, sticky-sweet honey beef rice.
Difficulty
Easy
Servings
2 servings
Prep Time
10 Mins
Active Time
10 Mins

This is not a food hack of Jollibee’s Honey Beef Rice. If we wanted to be accurate, we’d cut costs too and serve a pinch of beef over a bowl of hot rice. So we took what we loved about the original and made a superior knockoff.

If you've never had it, Honey Beef Rice tastes like a sweeter bistek or a saucier, Pinoy-style Japanese gyudon. This recipe yields a honey sauce that's much thicker than Jollibee's, clinging to the beef and onions. Using actual honey gives it a complex, floral sweetness.

Honey Sauce

  • 3 tsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp honey or brown sugar

Beef

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup 1-inch diced white onion
  • 200g beef, sukiyaki cut

For Serving

  • 1 ½ cup (320g) cooked white rice

Make the Honey Sauce

1

Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat.

2

When the butter is melted, add all-purpose flour and stir to make a smooth roux. Cook for about 1 minute.

3

Reduce the heat to low and add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the roux. Cook, stirring continuously, until the sauce is glossy and thick, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the Beef

4

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onions and stir until tender and slightly translucent.

5

Turn the heat to medium-high and add beef. Cook until meat is well browned, about 2 minutes.

6

Add honey sauce to the pan. Stir until beef is well coated.

7

To serve, divide cooked rice into two bowls or plates. Top with honey beef and spoon over remaining sauce.

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