Kyoto Cooking Circle monthly recipe
~Let’s try this easy Japanese recipe in English!~
Grilled Slice Pork Bowl with Ginger Sauce,
Onion & Bonito Flake Salad with Soy Sauce and Tofu Chocolate Cake
Donburi is a Japanese "rice bowl " consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients and served over steaming hot rice. Donburi meals are served in oversized bowls that are also called “Donburi”. It is widely known as a simple and tasty meal. And with so many variations, there is a Donburi dish for everyone!
It is said that the Donburi bowl was often used as a dish to serve confectionery, fish or meat in the late Edo period. Some Donburi meals in Japan have an abbreviated name for what tops the rice. For example “Unadon” is rice with boiled eel(unagi) and “temdon” is rice with Tempura.

A Donburi called “Oyako-don” began to be served in the beginning of Meiji period. The rice is topped with cooked chicken and egg. The name essentially means mother and child. During the Meiji and Taisho periods, when more foreign food culture was adopted, Japanese people started to eat meat and pork. Therefore, “Gyu-don” and “Tem-don” appeared. Now, there are a variety of Donburi meals. Which donburi dou you like?
Today, we’ll learn to make “Grilled Slice Pork Bowl with Ginger Sauce” This Donburi uses pork and ginger, a combination that will satisfy any appetite.
We’ll also cook an Onion &Bonito Flake salad as a side dish. We’ll use a type of new onion can be easily found in the grocery store. And for dessert, we’ll make a Tofu Chocolate Cake. The recipes are easy, so please try them at home!

■ Grilled Slice Pork Bowl with Ginger Sauce
Ingredients (4 servings):
350g thinly sliced pork+ 2 Tbsp sake ,1 onion, 40g fresh ginger
Sauce(3 Tbsp, 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp water)
50g red pickled ginger, 2 Tbsp oil, rice
Directions:
1. Cook the rice.
2. Mix pork and sake and stir.
3. Cut the onion in half and slice it into 5mm rings. Grate the ginger.
4. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and sauté until it becomes tender.
5. Fry the pork until it turns brown.
6. Add the ginger and continue to sauté for a few minutes.
7. Add the “sauce” ingredients and simmer over high heat. When the sauce starts to bubble, reduce the heat. Cook at the medium heat for a minute.
8. Put the rice in a serving bowl and put the pork over the top. Serve red pickled ginger as a garnish.
■ Onion & Bonito Flake Salad with Soy Sauce
Ingredients (4 servings):
2 new onions, 1 packed dried bonito flakes(6g), 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
Directions:
1. Thinly slice the onions. Soak them for 5 minutes.
2. Drain the water well and place the onions on a serving platter.
3. Serve topped with bonito flakes.
4. Drizzle soy sauce on the top.
■ Tofu Chocolate Cake
Ingredients (1 milk carton):
2 eggs, 90g sugar, 40g cooking oil, 150g Kinugoshi (soft) Tofu, 140g wheat flour,
30g cocoa, 2 tsp baking powder, fresh cream
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 180℃.
2. Make a cake mold with a milk carton and line it with cooking paper.
3. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl. Add sugar, cooking oil and Kinugoshi Tohu and whip the mixture until smooth.
4. Shift flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Stir until just blended.
5. Pour batter into a cake mold. Bake in preheated oven for 40 min.
6. Whip fresh cream until creamy. Serve the sliced cake spread with fresh cream.


☆Tip☆
Put blandy in fresh cream. It will mask the scent of soybeans from the tofu.


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