Buta Don (Japanese Pork Rice Bowl)

by Carol Ranas
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Rice Bowls are a staple comfort food in Asian cooking. In this post, I will share the recipe for a dish that has constantly rotated in our house. It is simple and fast. There are no special skills needed, though you need a few Asian staple ingredients that can be found in any Asian grocery store.

Buta Don (Japanese Pork Rice Bowl)

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 300g sliced pork
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sake (or rice wine vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of dashi powder (or stock powder)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)



  1. Saute the onion with a little bit of oil until caramelized. Season it with a little salt and pepper.
  2. Slowly add the sake and let the alcohol evaporate for a few minutes before adding the mirin, soy sauce, sugar, dashi, and water.
  3. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes then add the pork slices.
  4. Let it simmer for 10 minutes until the pork is cooked. (I use hotpot-style sliced meat so it cooks fast)
  5. Serve it on top of a bowl of rice. You can garnish it with sesame seeds, sliced scallions, or fried eggs.  ENJOY! ☺️


*measurements are provided as a guide, adjust according to you taste. Asian style cooking usually do not measure the seasonings, we often season based on how we feel. I know this is not helpful for people learning how to cook, but we usually cook dishes often on a rotation basis to familiarize us on its taste and adjust ingredients based on our palate.

Let me know if you tried this recipe, and comment if you liked it!

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