Buta means pig in Japanese. Don means a bowl of rice. This dish gives you a lot of energy. It has a tender texture and a sweet soy sauce flavor. Teriyaki is a cooking technique in Japan. Food is normally grilled with a glaze of soy sauce, sugar and mirin. You can use this cooking technique for not only pork, but also chicken and beef.
Ingredients (2 bowls):
- 300g (0.7 LBS) of pork shoulder roast
- 1 onion
- a half bag (170g, 6oz) of lettuce or salad mix
- 1 green onion
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon of grated garlic
- 1 teaspoon of white sesame
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of *Sake
- 1 tablespoon of *Mirin
- Rice for 2 people.
*Sake is an alcoholic Japanese rice wine which is made by fermenting rice.
*Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine with a lower alcohol percentage, and sweeter than Sake. -> See picture A and B.
Here is how to make it at home. Cooking time is about 20- 30 minutes.
- Cook the rice, cut the pork shoulder roast into bite size chunks and slice the onion. Chop the green onion into small pieces.
- Heat grated ginger, grated garlic, soy sauce, sugar, *Sake, and *Mirin in a small pot with low heat until the sugar melts. Remove from heat.
- Preheat the vegetable oil or the sesame oil in a frying pan with medium heat. Stir the pork shoulder roast and the onion until the pork and the onion are little brown.
- Add 2. sauce into the frying pan, cover a lid and simmer about 5 minutes. Flip over the pork and simmer without the lid about 5 more minutes or until the sauce is shiny and thick. Remove from heat.
- Put the rice, the lettuce or salad mix, the pork, the onion and the sauce into a bowl. Add the green onion and the white sesame on top.