Pan-fried meat and vegetables mixed with cooked rice for a meal that's ready in just a few minutes! The rich umami flavor of pork belly makes this dish really flavorsome, and it's a great way to get kids to eat komatsuna. This is also perfect for making into rice-balls.
Separate the komatsuna leaves and stalks and chop into small pieces.
Cut the pork belly into strips and lightly season with salt and pepper.
Heat vegetable oil in a pan over a medium heat and cook the pork belly.
When the pork is no longer pink, add the chopped komatsuna stalks and cook for a few minutes.
Add the chopped komatsuna leaves and mix everything together. Add ◎ marked ingredients and combine well. Turn off the heat.
Add the komatsuna and pork-belly mixture from Step 5 to warm, cooked rice and using a rice paddle or a spatula, folding thoroughly to combine.
Sprinkle with the ground sesame seeds to finish.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to find a way to get my daughter to eat komatsuna, and this is what I came up with. Though it's simply-seasoned it's really delicious, and my daughter cleared her plate! My husband is a fan too!
Step 6: When you mix the komatsuna and pork belly into the rice, be careful not to mash the rice. Fold the komatsuna and pork belly mixture thoroughly to combine. I don't find komatsuna too bitter, so I use it as-is. But if you are worried it will be too astringent, blanch it beforehand.