Sweet and Savory Japanese Leek Rice

The sharp taste of Japanese leeks mixed into rice topped with savory-sweet pork is an exquisite combination. You will surely want more than one helping!

Sweet and Savory Japanese Leek Rice
Photographed by Masaya Suzuki

Recipe by
Masami Kobayashi




Rice & Noodles



Calorie count is per serving

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 1/2 Japanese leek (150 g)
  • 4 slices Chinese-style roast pork (store-bought, sliced 7 mm thick) (120 g)
  • [A]

    • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 tbsp mirin
    • 1 1/2 tbsp sake
    • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 bowls cooked rice (warm) (300 g)
  • Japanese mustard, as desired



Remove the green part of the whole Japanese leek, and finely chop the white portion.


Chop the other half of the Japanese leek into thin rounds, then briefly rinse and squeeze out any excess moisture.


Place the cooked rice in a bowl and mix with the chopped Japanese leek.


In a frying pan, combine the ingredients for [A] and add the Chinese-style roast pork, and heat over medium heat. Bring just to a simmer, then continue to simmer for about 1 min to warm, spooning the simmering broth over top constantly.


Transfer the rice mixture to a serving bowl and place the Chinese-style roast pork and thin rounds of Japanese leek on top. Pour the simmering broth from the pan on top of the rice, and serve with Japanese mustard to taste.