Yakibuta tamago meshi is from Imabari city, Ehime prefecture, Japan. This dish is a very popular local food in Imabari city. This dish was originally “Makanai” (A meal provided to employees instead of customers at a restaurant in Japanese.) and it was only roast pork with sauce. A restaurant named “Hakurakuten” opened in 1970 improved this “Makanai”, it became recent dish and introduced it to customers as one of the menus. This dish was very popular among students at that time since the restaurant was in front of the high school. This dish is simple but tasty. You would enjoy this Japanese local food.

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 141.7g (5 oz) *BBQ flavored roast pork (I bought it from my local Japanese grocery store.) -> See picture A
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small green onion
  • 2 x 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of *soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of *Mirin
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Rice for 2 people
  • Salt & pepper

*Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine with a lower alcohol percentage, and sweeter than Sake. -> See picture B.

Picture A: *BBQ flavored roast pork
Picture B: *Mirin

Here is how to make it at home. Cooking time is about 20- 30 minutes.

  1. Cook rice. Meanwhile cut a green onion into small pieces.
  2. Put soy sauce, Mirin and sugar in a pot. Heat it with medium heat, mix thoroughly and bring to a boil. -> See picture C and D.
Picture C
Picture D
  1. Put *BBQ flavored roast pork in the pot and simmer for 5 minutes with low heat. -> See picture E and F.
Picture E
Picture F
  1. Preheat vegetable oil or sesame oil in a frying pan with medium heat and make 2 sunny side up eggs at the same time as shown in the picture. Repeat this step for 2 servings. -> See picture G.
Picture G
  1. After rice is fully cooked, put rice in bowls. –> See picture H.
Picture H
  1. Put the roast pork and pour the sauce from step 3. in the bowls. -> See picture I.
Picture I
  1. Put 2 sunny side up eggs, sprinkle salt & pepper, and green onions on top. Repeat it for 2 servings.