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With paper-thin ribbons of pork belly glazed in a garlicky sauce, this mouthwatering pork bowl is quick lunchtime favorite in Japan.

Sutadon Pork Bowl

The combination of pork belly, garlic, and egg boosts energy and reduces fatigue, which is where Sutadon (すた丼) or Stamina Donburi gets its name. Make this Japanese lunchtime favorite at home with this easy pork bowl recipe.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword donburi
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1084kcal


Sutadon sauce

  • 20 grams garlic (3 large cloves)
  • 4 grams ginger (peeled)
  • ¼ cup dashi
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For donburi


  • Grate the garlic and ginger into a bowl, adding the dashi, soy sauce, sake, and sugar. Stir the sauce together.
    20 grams garlic, 4 grams ginger, 1/4 cup dashi, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sake, 1 teaspoon sugar
    Mixing garlic sauce for Stamina Rice Bowl.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add half of the pork. Stir it to loosen the slices and cook until the water returns to a boil. Transfer the cooked pork to a bowl of cold water and repeat with the remaining pork.
    325 grams pork belly
    Pork belly slices in boiling water.
  • Drain the pork in a colander and give it a gentle squeeze to remove any excess water.
    Draining poached pork for making Sutadon.
  • Add the sauce to a frying pan and bring it to a boil. Add the scallions to the sauce and cook until they are limp.
    1 scallion
    Simmering garlic sauce with sliced scallions.
  • Add the pork to the pan with the sauce. Continue cooking while stirring until almost no liquid is left in the pan.
    Pork belly topping for Stamina Donburi.
  • Assemble the Sutadon by splitting the rice between two bowls and topping with the pork belly. Gently break a hot spring egg into the center of each bowl and then garnish with scallion greens, pickles, and chili paste.
    2 servings cooked Japanese short-grain rice, 2 hot spring eggs, pickles, chili paste
    Assembling Stamina Pork Rice Bowl.


Calories: 1084kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 91g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 42g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 347IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg