Easy Homemade Yakibuta - Roast Pork

Easy Homemade Yakibuta - Roast Pork

This is so delicious you could give it as a gift!
If you don't like star anise, you can leave it out.

Ingredients: 1 roast pork

Pork shoulder meat (or thigh)
600 g
Japanese leek (5 cm)
Ginger, garlic (both thinly sliced)
1 piece/clove each
Soy sauce
100 ml
Sugar (coarse sugar will make the meat shiny)
1 tablespoon
3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
Red chili pepper
Star anise
Kitchen twine
As needed


1. (The photo shows two pieces of pork. ) Tie up the pork with kitchen twine, and poke it all over with a fork. Marinate in the *A* ingredients for more than 3 hours - overnight is OK!
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with cooking paper and put the meat on top. Roast for about 40 minutes. The marinade will be used later so reserve it.
3. The pork is done when you poke it with a skewer and the juices run clear. (If you're cooking 2 pieces at a time, increase the roasting time by 10 minutes.)
4. Put the marinade in a frying pan with the meat, and simmer to reduce the liquid while turning the meat. The meat will be even more delicious when it's coated with glossy sauce.
5. Leave the kitchen twine on until it's time to eat it. Take it off before slicing.
6. This is a photo of it cut. Delicious served with some Japanese mustard (plain mustard powder turned into a paste with water).

Story Behind this Recipe

I make this every year. It's cheap and delicious. I made 2 this year, but it was no more work than making one.