Umeboshi Rice Bowl with Scallion Pork

This is a really flavorful bowl built from mostly things that have been kicking around in my pantry for awhile. Yay for pantry reorganization and clean out!

gluten-free

Umeboshi Rice Bowl with Scallion Pork

1 cup sushi rice

2 tsp mirin

1.5 Tbsp sushi vinegar

1 Tbsp sesame oil + 2 tsp

1 onion, thinly sliced

Dashi broth granules

Napa cabbage, about 1.5 cups sliced into ribbons

3 large scallions, chopped on the bias

1 pound ground pork

2 tsp umeboshi paste

1 packet furikake sangho (or any rice seasoning blend)

Soy sauce

White pepper

Salt

Start the rice. Wash if you don’t want Japanese grannies the world over to tsk your memory, and add to the vessel you cook rice in. Add a double amount of water, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 2 tsp mirin, 1.5 Tbsp sushi vinegar and a generous pinch salt. Cook how you cook rice – I put mine in the slow cooker and hit “rice”.

While that cooks, add the extra 2 tsp sesame oil to a hot pan. Add the pork and sautee, crumbling, until 3/4 done. Add the scallions, a sprinkling of soy sauce and white pepper. Brown and set aside.

Add the thinly sliced onion to a pan and just cover with water & a generous shake dashi granules. Simmer until soft and 3/4 of the liquid has evaporated. Add the cabbage and sautee until crisp-tender. Set aside.

When the rice is done, mix in the umeboshi paste and furikake.

To serve, add pork and cabbage to the rice. Top with sesame seeds, a little snipped nori if you have it, some chopped pickled ginger (delivery sushi FTW), and drizzles of mirin and sesame oil.

Makes enough to batch cook. Mine, sadly, only lasted 4 portions.

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