Shoga-yaki – Yumiko’s special

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Not known for his adventurousness (or manual dexterity), with Trota’s encouragement Salmon is having his chopstick skills tested big time today…

Shoga-yaki – Yumiko’s special


The Rowes have had a really special treat with this marvellous Japanese dish – a favourite of Fidget’s good friend Yumiko: a recipe that’s simple to make, yet so delicious.

You will need: 250g pork (we used tenderloin fillet, which is easy to slice in thin medallions). And for the marinade: 30ml sake, 30ml mirin, 30ml soy sauce, 1 tbsp honey and a piece of fresh ginger grated (about 10–15g).

Start by mixing all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Then slice the pork very thinly – in the cartoon kitchen we found that leaving the tenderloin in the freezer for 10min or so firms it slightly and makes cutting easier. Once sliced, beat with a flat meat mallet so that the pieces are super thin. Mix the pork with the marinade and leave to infuse for about 10min (no longer, says Yumiko, or the meat will be less tender).

Heat a frying pan with a little oil and fry the pork slices – both sides – very quickly (remember, they are thin!). Pour the marinade in and shake the pan so that the liquid coats the cooked pork and turns slightly sticky. Serve at once.

You can enjoy it with a simple side of fresh salad and tomatoes. This time we served up with steamed rice and stir-fried mixed vegetables. Paw-licking delicious! Salmon is so into this dish that he’s becoming a real pro with his chopsticks. Thank you very much Yumiko-san!

Not Kappaebisen, but indeed ♫ Yamerarenai, ♪ tomaranai ♪♫