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Emi’s World Famous Japanese Roast Pork


A Taste of Japan in Your Own Kitchen

This is an amazing Japanese roast pork recipe that my friend Emi shared with me. Japanese roast pork, roasted with sake – you just know this is going to be good! While it’s traditionally served with a salad, I’ve put my own spin on it to make it a complete meal.

Japanese Roast Pork


For the Japanese Roast Pork

  • 600g pork loin, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons grated garlic (or finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Sauce

  • 200ml soy sauce
  • 100ml cooking sake
  • 100ml mirin
  • 200g silken tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes

For the Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • Green Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Rub the pork all over with the salt, pepper and grated garlic. Place in a bowl and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  3. Place the Japanese roast pork on a baking tray lined with foil or lightly greased to prevent sticking. Roast for 20 minutes.
  4. Turn the oven temperature down to 180°C (350°F) and roast Japanese roast pork for another 20 minutes.
  5. Remove Japanese roast pork from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing into bite-sized pieces.
  6. In a saucepan, combine the soy sauce, sake, and mirin. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2-3 minutes until alcohol evaporates.
  7. Remove from heat and pour sauce into a bowl. Add the sliced Japanese roast pork and tofu cubes. Gently stir to coat. Set aside.
  8. In a wok or large skillet, heat oil and margarine over medium-high heat.
  9. Add cooked rice and fry for 2-3 minutes, breaking up any clumps.
  10. Add Green Peas & Sweetcorn
  11. Push rice to sides of wok. Add beaten eggs to center and scramble until just set.
  12. Stir eggs into rice. Add garlic and continue frying for 1 minute.
  13. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.
  14. To serve, place egg fried rice in bowls. Top with Japanese roast pork and sauce. Enjoy!


  • For best results, use a good quality pork loin. The marinade helps keep the Japanese roast pork juicy while roasting.
  • Roasting the Japanese roast pork in stages at different temperatures ensures it cooks through without drying out.
  • The sauce infuses the Japanese roast pork with delicious umami flavor. Mirin adds sweetness to balance the saltiness of soy.
  • Silken tofu absorbs the sauce and adds protein, making this a complete meal.
  • Frying the rice imparts delicious flavor. Scrambled eggs and garlic add extra richness.
  • Adjust soy sauce to taste. Add more for saltier fried rice.
  • Try serving with a side of miso soup and steamed broccoli.

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