‘Buta’ means ‘Pig’ or ‘Pork’. This Donburi (Rice Bowl) dish is originated in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. You can add some vegetables such as Onions and Carrot, but ‘Buta Don’ most commonly consists of a bowl of rice topped with just Pork slices. You might like the sauce sweeter than this recipe. Please adjust the amount of the seasonings to suit your taste.


3 to 4 Servings


3 to 4 servings warm Cooked Rice
500g Skinless Pork Belly *thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Oil
1 to 2 Spring Onion *finely chopped

Sauce Ingredients

1 & 1/2 tablespoons Sugar
3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Mirin
2 tablespoons Sake
1 clove Garlic *grated
1 small piece Ginger *grated

  1. Place all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat Oil in a large frying pan over medium to high heat, cook Pork slices, adding a pinch of Salt, until nicely brown. It doesn’t take long at all.
  3. Add the Sauce mixture and cook until the sauce thickens.
  4. Half fill a bowl with cooked rice and cover it with the Pork. Sprinkle some chopped Spring Onion and serve. Some Chilli, Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spices) or Toasted Sesame Seeds are also nice for topping.