Sizzling Pork Pepper Rice: Your Pepper Lunch Fix At Home!

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Pepper Lunch is a beloved restaurant chain known for its sizzling hot plates and delicious protein-and-rice combos. But what if you could recreate that experience at home, without the wait or the cost? This recipe for Pepper Lunch-inspired Pork will have you enjoying that satisfying sizzle and savory flavors in no time.

Ingredients:

Sizzling Pork Pepper Rice @ Pepper Lunch
Sizzling Pork Pepper Rice @ Pepper Lunch

For the Pork:

  • 1/2 pound boneless pork shoulder, thinly sliced (shabu-shabu cut is ideal)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake (or mirin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • For the Rice:
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (or brown rice for a healthier option)
  • For the Vegetables:
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • For the Sauce:
  • Amakuchi Sauce (Sweet):
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Karakuchi Sauce (Spicy):
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Other:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Cooking oil

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Pork: In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, sake, sesame oil, black pepper, and cornstarch. Add the thinly sliced pork and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes for more tender pork.
    2. Prepare the Vegetables: While the pork marinates, slice the onion and green onions. If using frozen mixed vegetables, thaw them according to package instructions.
    3. Cook the Rice: Prepare your preferred amount of white or brown rice according to package instructions.
    4. Make the Sauces: In two separate bowls, prepare the Amakuchi (Sweet) and Karakuchi (Spicy) sauces. For the Amakuchi sauce, whisk together soy sauce, honey, water, and cornstarch. For the Karakuchi sauce, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes (if using), and cornstarch.
    5. Heat Up Your Sizzling Plate: If you have a cast iron skillet or a sizzling plate, preheat it over medium-high heat. Alternatively, you can use a large non-stick pan. Add a drizzle of cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
    6. Cook the Pork: Once the pan is hot, spread the marinated pork slices in a single layer. Don’t overcrowd the pan, as this will prevent them from searing properly. Let the pork cook undisturbed for a minute or two, until browned on the bottom. Flip the pork slices and cook for another minute or two, until cooked through.
    7. Assemble Your Pepper Lunch: Transfer the cooked rice to a serving plate. Push the rice to create a well in the center. Add the cooked pork on top of the rice. Saute the onions and mixed vegetables in the pan until softened. Transfer the vegetables to the serving plate, placing them around the pork and rice.
    8. Sizzle and Serve: Add a pat of butter to the hot pan. Swirl the pan to melt the butter and let it sizzle. Carefully pour the sizzling butter over the pork and rice. Top with chopped green onions. Serve immediately with the Amakuchi (Sweet) and Karakuchi (Spicy) sauces on the side for dipping.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Please note that this is an approximate nutritional breakdown and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.)

    Calories: Around 500-600 per serving (depending on the fat content of the pork and the amount of butter used)

  • Protein: Around 30-40 grams
  • Carbohydrates: Around 50-60 grams
  • Fat: Around 20-30 grams

  • Conclusion

    This Pepper Lunch-inspired Pork recipe is a fun and flavorful way to enjoy a sizzling hot plate meal at home. With tender marinated pork, fluffy rice, fresh vegetables, and a choice of sweet or spicy sauce, it’s a dish that’s sure to satisfy.

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