‘Okowa’ is the name of a type of steamed glutinous rice dish and it’s my favourite. I love ‘Okowa’ dishes. Especially the one my mother cooks by steaming.
This Pork ‘Okowa’ recipe is inspired by Chinese rice dumplings made of glutinous rice stuffed with other ingredients and wrapped in large leaves. The triangular shaped dumplings are usually cooked by steaming. It must be time-consuming to prepare them properly.
This recipe is easy. This Pork ‘Okowa’ can be cooked by rice cooker. It is very moist and tasty even cold, that means it is perfect for ‘Onigiri’. Simply make it into triangular shape if you like.


4 to 6 Servings


Glutinous Rice 2 cups (180ml cup) *short grain preferred
Japanese Short Grain Rice 1 cup (180ml cup)
Thinly Sliced Pork OR Pork Mince 250g
Ginger 1 small piece *sliced into thin strips OR finely chopped
Sesame Oil 1/2 tablespoon
Bamboo Shoots (I use canned cooked Bamboo Shoots) *about 80g
Shiitake 5 to 6 *about 80g (If you use dried Shiitake, they must be well rehydrated)
Carrot 1/2 *about 80g
Soy Sauce 1 tablespoon
Sugar 1/2 tablespoon
Sake OR Water 1 tablespoon
Frozen Peas 1/2 cup

Soup Ingredients

Chicken or Dashi Stock 2 cups (500ml) *OR Water 2 cups & Asian Chicken Bouillon Powder 1 teaspoon
Soy Sauce 1/2 to 1 tablespoon *depends on the saltiness of the stock
Oyster Sauce 1 tablespoon
Mirin 1 tablespoon

  1. Wash Glutinous Rice and Regular Short Grain Rice together and drain.
  2. Cut thinly sliced Pork into small pieces. Slice all vegetables into small pieces or thin strips.
  3. Heat Sesame Oil in a frying pan and cook Pork and Ginger. When Pork changes colour, add Soy Sauce, Sugar and Sake (OR Water), then add Bamboo Shoots and Shiitake and cook until the sauce is almost gone.
  4. Make soup by mixing all the ingredients.
  5. Place well-drained Rice in the rice cooker’s inner pot, place Pork mixture and Carrot over the Rice evenly. DO NOT MIX. Gently pour the soup over.
  6. Plug the rice cooker in and press the Cook/Start button. When the rice is cooked, sprinkle Frozen Peas over and let them steamed for 10 minutes, then toss the rice gently.