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Ground Pork and Cucumber Rice Bowl

Ground Pork and Cucumber Rice Bowl

The cucumber in this rice bowl recipe is amazingly good!

Ingredients: 3 to 4 servings

Ground pork
250 g
Cucumber
100 g (1)
Onion
100 g (1/2)
Garlic
1 clove
Ginger
1 piece
● Dashi stock
1 cup (200 ml)
● Mirin
2 tablespoons
●Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
◆ Gochujang
1 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon
Katakuriko slurry
1/2 tablespoon of katakuriko + 1/2 tablespoon water
Sesame oil
a small amount
Vegetable oil
a small amount
Plain cooked hot rice
A bowlful per serving

Steps

1. Chop up the onion, ginger, garlic and cucumber finely.
2. Heat some oil and garlic in a frying pan.
3. When the garlic starts to smell nice, add the ginger.
4. Then add the onion and stir fry over low heat.
5. When the onion has turned brown, add the ground pork and stir fry.
6. When the meat is crumbly and just about cooked, add the ingredients marked ● (dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, gochujang) and simmer for 2-3 minutes until it tastes right to you.
7. Add the cucumber, then immediately add the katakuriko dissolved in water to thicken the sauce. Drizzle in some sesame oil and turn off the heat. Pour the mixture over rice.
8. Update: As of 2012, I make this with 2 cucumbers and no onion, plus about 200 g of ground pork. I like it better with more cucumber now.

Story Behind this Recipe

I just happened to have ground pork and cucumber in the refrigerator, as well as rice, so I turned it all into a donburi. I was intending to use the cucumber raw, but I just threw them into the frying pan at the last minute on a whim and the result was very nice.