Japanese Butadon Pork Bowl with chopsticks
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Japanese Butadon Pork Bowls

Japanese Butadon Pork Bowls are a simple way to bring a homey Japanese meal to your table. Flavorful and tasty, it's comfort in a bowl.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword butadon, pork bowls, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 342kcal
Author Lisa from A Day in the Kitchen


  • 1.5 lbs thinly sliced pork belly
  • 1 small onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 tbs dashi broth granules (Japanese fish soup stock granules, found in Asian grocery stores)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tamari (or soy sauce if don't have gluten allergies)
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 2 tsp honey

Optional garnishes:

  • Chopped green onions
  • Pickled ginger
  • Shichimi Togarashi Japanese mixed chili pepper seasoning


  • In medium pot over medium heat, combine water, dashi granules, tamari, mirin, and honey.
  • Cut pork belly strips into bite-sized pieces, about 2-3 inches in length.
  • Add pork to the pot, stirring to separate meat slices. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Cover pot with lid, leaving a slight gap and reduce heat to a low. Simmer for at least 30 minutes (45 minutes is best).
  • Remove lid and add onions. Mix well and simmer uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve over hot rice, spooning some of the braising liquid over the meat.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions, Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese pepper mix) and pickled ginger, if desired.


  • This the brand of dashi granules I use and what they look like. Compared to some other brands, I find this one to have the simplest list of ingredients:
  • Alternatively, look for dashi bags, which are like tea bags that you soak in water to get the dashi broth.


Calories: 342kcal