Japanese,  One-dish Meals,  Pork,  Rice

Donburi: Buta Don (Pork Bowl)

What’s savoury, delicious, comforting, and ready in 10 minutes?

TADAH! This amazing pork donburi! Donburi essentially means a ‘rice bowl dish’. Popular dons include Katsu Don (fried chicken/pork bowl), Gyu Don (beef bowl), Ten Don (tempura bowl), Soboro Don (minced chicken bowl) and the list goes on. My favourite is this Buta Don, served with sliced onions, egg and spring onions. It’s super easy to cook and warms my tummy any day!

One important thing to note is that you need to add the pork belly slice by slice into the pan so they don’t clump together. This also keeps them soft and not overcooked! And if you don’t have mirin and/or sake at home, replace with hua diao wine. I mean, it’s not traditionally Japanese of course, but it’s still quite damn delicious.

I hope you try this easy and yummy recipe!

Oh, and many of you ask me what soy sauce I use. I only use Hand Flower Brand! You can do a search online. I think you can get it from Kee Song online and also at fairs and wet market provision shops. Look for ‘Heng Yoon Trading’ on Facebook for the stockist list!

Donburi: Buta Don (Pork Bowl) (budgetpantry.com)
Serves 2

What you need:

200g pork belly shabu shabu, cut each strip into half
2 eggs, beaten (I use egg story pasteurised egg esp when serving them runny)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped spring onions
2 tablespoons oil
2 portions cooked rice

Mix together:
1 tablespoon soy sauce (I use hand flower brand)
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon sake
2 flat teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
(note: if you dont have mirin or sake, replace with 1.5 tablespoon hua diao wine)


Heat up the oil and fry onions till fragrant and slightly soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the pork belly slices one by one and spread them out in the pan as you don’t want them to clump together. Fry for a few minutes till about 80% cooked.

Add the seasoning, mix well and simmer for a minute.

Add the beaten eggs and spring onions and cook for 30 seconds. Turn off the fire. Spoon on top of rice and serve immediately.

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