Pork and Okra Rolls with Potatoes - For Bentos

Pork and Okra Rolls with Potatoes - For Bentos

The sweet-salty sauce really goes well with rice! Use frozen potatoes to keep it easy. For dinner or for bentos. Make marinated boiled eggs in the sauce too.

Ingredients: 8 rolls

Thinly sliced pork (for shabu-shabu)
8 slices
Okra (or green beans)
Frozen french fries
Carrot (cut into matchsticks)
50 ml
☆Soy sauce
25 ml
25 ml
1 1/2 tablespoons
☆Grated garlic
about 1/2 (or 1cm if from a tube)
a small amount
a small amount
Boiled eggs + plastic bag
As many as you like + 1 bag
If you're going to make marinated eggs, double the ☆ ingredients.


1. Combine the ☆ ingredients. Cut the carrot into 16 thin matchsticks. Salt the okura and roll it firmly on a cutting board. Cut off the hard parts of the okra.
2. If you put the liquid ☆ ingredients in the measuring cup first, you can get by with just one container (I doubled the amounts since I made marinated boiled eggs.)
3. If you place the okra alterately facing left and right as in the photo, salt and roll them in one go with both hands, they'll be done in no times. Rinse off the salt under running water.
4. Cut off the stem ends as if you're removing a hat. Cut off any remaining hard bits, and the okra are prepped.
5. Place the carrot, frozen potato and okra on the pork slices and roll them up. Season lightly with salt and pepper. It will look nice if you alternate the carrot and potato pieces.
6. Heat a pan and add oil. Start pan frying the rolls with the seam side down. Roll them around with tongs. When the rolls are browned all over, add the ☆ ingredients.
7. Simmer to reduce the sauce and coat the rolls, and it's done. Stop cooking just before the sauce gets burned. When it becomes foamy as shown here, give it a few more seconds. The sauce will coat the rolls nicely and they'll be delicious.
8. The rolls fit better in a bento box if you cut them, and they're easier to eat too. If you cut them straight across they look like this. The star shape of the okra is so cute.
9. Make marinated eggs with the leftover sauce. Put boiled eggs and the sauce in a plastic bag, eliminate as much air as you can and seal. Leave it to marinate in the refrigerator overnight. I could make 6 eggs.
10. I made the rolls with asparagus since okra was sold out at the supermarket. I also packed onigiri rice balls, fruits, and frozen jelly cups in this bento.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted for include okra and pork in my children's sports festival bento - ingredients which help the body recover from fatigue and give energy.