Japanese Steamed Pork (Buta Niku No Mushimono)

Japanese Steamed Pork (Buta Niku No Mushimono)

Buta Niku No Mushimono is a Japanese dish of steamed pork patties mixed with shiitake mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and green onions.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    If you are using dried shiitake, in a medium bowl add water (or hot water if you are short on time), and then soak the mushrooms until reconstituted (about 30 minutes for cold water, shorter for hot water). Squeeze excess water from the reconstituted mushrooms.
  2. Step 2

    Remove the stems from the mushrooms, and then chop. Add to a large bowl.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, mince the ground pork using the back (or dull side) of the knife to tenderize it. Add the meat to the large bowl with chopped mushrooms.
  4. Step 4

    Chop garlic and green onions, then add to the bowl with pork. Reserve some green onions for garnish.
  5. Step 5

    If you are using fresh ginger, peel the skin from the ginger and chop finely, or grate. Alternatively, use pre-grated raw ginger available in tubes. Add this to the meat mixture.
  6. Step 6

    Mix in soy sauce, sake, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle potato starch (or cornstarch) over the meat mixture and knead well using hands.
  7. Step 7

    Prepare the steamer and begin boiling water. Shape the meat mixture into 2 or 3 small patties, depending on the size of your cornstarch, and place them on a flat plate.
  8. Step 8

    Place the plate in the steamer and steam cook for 10 to 15 minutes on high heat until meat is cooked through and juices run clear.
  9. Step 9

    Plate the patties and garnish with additional sesame oil (optional), and chopped green onions.