Shogayaki is Japanese ginger pork which pork meat fried and cooked in soy sauce, mirin, and ginger juice. I am going to share Japanese peoples’ favourite dish.
I went out for a lunch a little while ago with my daughter (who is also my little editor) and my Japanese friend to a Japanese restaurant that we had all been wanting to try. I had a bento box (no doubt the biggest thing on the menu), my daughter had chicken Katsudon, and my friend had Shouga Yaki. When her meal came it looked so delicious and I was a little disappointed that I hadn’t chosen it myself and had gone for the biggest meal instead (I like to go all out for cheat meals). But since I didn’t get to eat it then and it just looked so tasty I was inspired to recreate it at home.
Shouga Yaki is fried pork with a ginger flavoured coating. I’ve eaten this many times in Japan and it is a very popular dish because it’s so delicious! It’s also quite a healthy meal because you get protein from the pork and the ginger itself comes with a load of added health benefits. It reduces pain, inflammation, and assists in the prevention of cold and flu. It also stimulates circulation and is warming, which is great for the winter.
I’ve decided to eat the pork and vegetables on their own to reduce my carb intake but you can eat it with plain white rice if you like. The strong flavor of the ginger goes great with it!
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Ginger pork Shogayaki
- 200 g pork fillets
- 1 ginger about 5 cm
- 1/2 onion
- 2-3 leaves of Cabbage very thinly shredded
- 1/2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs mirin
- 1 tbs sake
- 1 tbs ginger juice
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 1/2 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp tomato sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Shred the cabbage and any other vegetables you want and set them aside.
- Slice the pork fillet thinly and marinate in mirin, sake and ginger juice about 15min
- Combine all sauce ingredients and 1tbs of the Mirin, sake and ginger mixture that marinated the pork
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat then fry the sliced onion.
- Add the marinated pork and fry until both sides are browned.
- Turn the heat up a bit and add the sauce mixture onto the pork.
- Then shake the pan over the heat to spread the sauce to make sure all of the pork is coated.
- Once the sauce has become shiny then turn off the heat.
- Serve the pork with the shredded cabbage on a plate.