This classic shogayaki (生姜焼き) or ginger pork over rice recipe is a common Japanese Chinese dish. It's said that the recipe is created by Masuo Saito, the first owner of Zenigata tonkatsu restaurant in Ginza (Tokyo, Japan) after the Second World War; He was inspired by Chuka Ryori (中華料理・Chinese cuisine), which often uses ginger in the dishes.
This is a simple recipe and you can easily adjust the amount of sauce/spice depending on your mood as there are several variations of ginger pork in different cultures (i.e. Taiwanese ginger pork tends to have a stronger ginger taste + less or not sweet at all whereas Japanese-Chinese ginger pork tends to be a little sweeter). You could also switch the protein to something else if you desire such as sliced beef or chopped chicken. you’re a white rice lover, this dish is excellent for a weekday dinner! Within 20 minutes, you'll be able to enjoy ginger pork with a bowl of steamed white rice!
1 pack of thinly sliced pork loin (or pork belly)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (olive oil can also be used)
5 unpeeled ginger slices
3 minced garlic cloves
1/2 sliced onion (or other preferred vegetables)
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp cooking wine
1-2 tsp sugar
1chopped green onion/scallion
In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, and cooking wine (optional), and add the pork slices. Set aside and let it marinate for at least 10 minutes.
In a medium non-stick frying pan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and ginger slices. Cook around 1 minute until the ginger and garlic turn slightly brown.
Add the onions (or other vegetables you prefer) to the pan. Stir fry until the onions become translucent (or until vegetables are cooked).
Add the marinated pork slices into the pan and stir fry until the pork slices are cooked. We like our ginger pork to be a little bit sweeter, so we added 1-2 tsp sugar (this is optional and depends on your taste preferences).
Serve with white rice and top with chopped green onions.
Note: We usually don’t eat the cooked ginger in this dish. Although we use ginger as a spice, feel free to eat the ginger as it can support your overall health.