Easy Japanese Recipes

Pork Curry Donburi ポークカレー丼ぶり

Pork Curry Donburi Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com This past weekend was the last weekend we spent together before my son goes to Kindergarten.  I know it’s absurd I am thinking as if he’s going off to college, but it’s definitely strange seeing my little baby grow up so quickly.  He’s starting his new school this Wednesday and he’s really excited about going to a “big boy” school.

I’ve been quite busy lately due to my husband’s traveling and it’s been a challenge to prepare complete meals.  In these times, I always have two options that I fall back on: Donburi (rice bowl dish) or noodles (pasta or Asian noodles).  Both type of dishes are relatively easy and quick to prepare, and the important part is that they fill you and your children up quickly and less dishes to wash!

So today Donburi menu it is! As I mentioned in my Japanese Beef Curry post, curry rice is one of Japanese kids’ favorite meals.  I always looked forward to the day when my mom was making curry rice for dinner.  We have a lot of curry rice specialty restaurants in Japan and it wouldn’t be incorrect to say it’s one of the most popular dishes for the Japanese.

Unlike Thai curry or Indian curry, the spice level is more mild and the sauce is quite thick.  It’s always served with rice and the main ingredients include meat/seafood, onion, potatoes, and carrot.  Each family has their own slightly different recipe as well.

Pork Curry Donburi II

Most Japanese do not make curry from individual spices and uses curry roux that was invented by a Japanese spice company.  If you go to Asian or Japanese store, you will find at least 3 brands of curry roux with varying spice levels.  If you like to make curry roux from scratch, here’s the recipe.

This curry is super quick since you don’t really need to simmer for a long time like regular curry.  So if you need to make dinner in less than 45 minutes, this is a great option. If curry is not your option, then I have other Donburi recipes that I have shared so far and I hope you can find some recipes that you like.

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Pork Curry Donburi
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Serves: 3-4
  • 2 cup dashi stock
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • ½ lb. thinly-sliced pork belly, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cubes Japanese curry roux* (or you can made homemade curry roux)
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 green onions, chopped
  1. In a large non-stick frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat and sauté onion.
  2. When onion is getting soft, add the meat and cook on medium high heat until no longer pink.
  3. Add dashi stock and bring to a boil. Skim off scum and fat from soup, and turn down to medium low.
  4. Add Japanese curry roux and mix until completely dissolved.
  5. When the soup start to thicken, add soy sauce and mix well. 6. In a serving bowl/plate, put rice and pour the curry. Garnish with green onions. Serve immediately.
* Keep the rest of curry roux in the refrigerator.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.
Posted in: Easy Dinner Ideas, One Dish Meals, Pork, Quick & Easy, Rice & Donburi

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  • Giulietta @ Alterkitchen August 22, 2011, 12:24 am

    Easy, quick and flavorful?! Perfect for dinner, you’re totally right! :)

  • Sutapa August 22, 2011, 12:41 am

    Delicious curry recipe and quick to cook, this can rock any dinner table!

  • Marina August 22, 2011, 12:48 am

    I am so glad I found your blog because your food is so amazing!

  • Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter) August 22, 2011, 1:00 am

    I love japanese curry. Although I’m not japanese (I’m ethnic Chinese) I find it very comforting and homey. We eats lots of Japanese-inspired (inspired as they are seldom authentic) at home. :)

  • Val August 22, 2011, 1:20 am

    I love your photos of this meal. It looks like a perfect meal to make for the family. I hope your son will enjoy ‘big-boy school’. At least he has great food and a great Mum to come home too :-)

  • Raymund August 22, 2011, 1:24 am

    Yum, we love this type of curry. Have you tried using sweet potatoes with it? Its a good replacement for potatoes if you are using one, the sweetness of it complements the flavours of the curry. And BTW I use that brand as well.

  • Elies_Lie August 22, 2011, 1:32 am

    Tq Nami for the recipe!
    I ones eat Japanese curry when my friend that use to lived in japan back to Indonesia for good. So I invited her to come to my house & teach me how to make Japanese curry.
    Yes… at the beginning I puzzle when she said that the curry that she often make in japan is from the instant curry roux ( she bought it from japan ), but after I taste the curry I feel something missing. & When I read the recipe above – so she don’t use dashi.
    As far as I know Japanese cuisine often use dashi.
    So – this recipe is a helper… Tq! ;)

    • Nami August 24, 2011, 2:03 pm

      Hi Elies! I was in opposite situation – when I first visited my Indian friend’s house, I was so surprised with a cupboard full of spices! I thought curry is made out of “curry powder”….little knowledge I knew back then! When we make “regular” curry, we don’t use dashi at all. Just water. However, I wanted to make this more of “Japanese style” with Donburi concept, so I added dashi and soy sauce to create more Japanese flavor. And you are right – we use dashi for almost everything in our cooking!

  • Vivienne August 22, 2011, 2:33 am

    thats why i love japanese curry – don’t need to have bottles of spices everywhere, can just use the curry cubes :)
    this looks like a great dinner idea and ill keep it in mind for this week :D
    btw, your california roll in the previous post looks AMAZING!!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies August 22, 2011, 2:46 am

    Looks awesome, I love pork curry and have tried Japanese curry once only and it was great. I need to find this roux.

  • Maris (In Good Taste) August 22, 2011, 3:15 am

    Great photos as usual! I hope your son had a great first day of school!

  • Adora's Box August 22, 2011, 3:24 am

    This is just great, Nami. So quick to make yet flavourful. This will be such a hit with my kids who love both pork and curry.

  • Manu August 22, 2011, 3:25 am

    I love curry! I haven’t had the Japanese version yet, but I will have to try it… as even my little ones like rice and curry (I guess it is their Asian half!) hehehe Great step by step instructions as always Nami! <3 And good luck to Enzo on his upcoming big day!!! <3

  • Liz August 22, 2011, 4:54 am

    Hubby is not a fan of Indian curry…so wondering if he’d like this? I know I would…you make such delicious dishes to share, Nami! And congrats on your sweet boy starting Kindergarten…so wonderful that he’s excited (mine had to be detached from my leg on those first days!).

  • Belinda @zomppa August 22, 2011, 5:03 am

    Kindergarten…college…it’s tough at any age! He’s going to love it – and a wonderful dish to come home to!

  • Peachie August 22, 2011, 5:06 am

    I haven’t had japanese curry before so it’ll be interesting to give it a go! :) Lovely pictures as always so I think this might get on the foodbuzz top 9 again!!

  • Natalie August 22, 2011, 6:11 am

    Yum, I’m going to try and find curry roux at the Asian supermarket today. That’s also where I bought the little Chinese dish you liked from my Amaretti biscuits post. I always end up buying some props there too!! I’m going to check out the eggplant version now, thanks Nami!

  • Alyssa August 22, 2011, 7:05 am

    Thanks for sharing! Your pictures make me want to dig in. I don’t see much pork here, but when I do, it’s usually pork belly. I’ve tried cooking it before, but with no success. Next time I pick up some pork belly, I will be using your recipe!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 22, 2011, 7:38 am

    Nami, best of luck with your son staring school on Wednesday – it’s great that he is looking forward to going to “big boy” school. :-D
    Your pork curry donburi looks scrumptious! What a great go to recipe for you.
    Have a happy week.
    :-) Mandy

  • bakerbynature August 22, 2011, 9:41 am

    Kindergarten is SO exciting! The little boys I use to nanny for head to kindergarten this year and I’m shocked at how fast they’ve grown up. I think i’ve told you this before – i’m a curry obsessed woman! This looks so delicious, I always love reading about the tasty things you whip up!

  • Jamie @ the unseasoned wok August 22, 2011, 9:47 am

    Wow nami eating at your house must be like dining at a Japanese restaurant! Your donburi looks oishii!

    Congratulations onyour sons first day of school. Mari starts school today too :). They grow up so fast. I know exactly what you mean about college. I’m more worried about high school and dating! Ah!

  • Claire August 22, 2011, 10:33 am

    Aww ‘big boy’ school! Very exciting. This recipe looks great. I’ve always wanted to try donburi and think I’ll start with this. I love curry (and so does my mom) so hopefully I can make this this week when I’m visiting home. I can use a real sized kitchen instead of my tiny NYC one lol

  • Carolyn August 22, 2011, 11:28 am

    I know how you feel, my son was heading off to Kindy last year and now he’s entering Grade 1! Time flies. This looks delicious, I can see how it would be a kid favourite.

  • Lilly August 22, 2011, 11:29 am

    What a great fast curry recipe. I bet it will taste even better the next day.

    It’s a good thing your baby boy is looking forward to go to school. It will be so much fun for him! Before you know it he’ll bring home his first gf =)

  • Reem August 22, 2011, 12:38 pm

    My boy too start kindergarten in 2 weeks, I can totally relate to you Nami. Time does fly off…. This dish looks so delicious and cozy. I can make it in a jiff and enjoy my heart out. Lovely….

  • Caroline August 22, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Looks amazing, as always!! I like the fact that this curry isn’t as spicy as others, since I have a very low spice tolerance. So this would be perfect for me. :)

  • tigerfish August 22, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Any rice bowl dish or one-dish noodle dish wins me over! I am easy to satisfy , right? ;p And I think Japanese curry (on the sweeter side) is a good (tricky) way to start kids on spice….hee heee..*evil grin*

  • Liz August 22, 2011, 4:00 pm

    PS…you can definitely make any turnovers with puff pastry…they would be so flaky and wonderful!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 22, 2011, 5:04 pm

    Kindergarten..awww he will be the cutest boy there:) And your pork curry look amazing..very delicious looking and full of flavor! By the way your pictures are amazing..totally mouthwatering! Have a great week Nami, take a rest..you work too hard!

  • rebecca August 22, 2011, 5:17 pm

    yum adore Japanese curry have used this curry cubes a few times, walmart sell them he he man I would be emotional when j starts school its preschool in two weeks

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 22, 2011, 5:32 pm

    Love the golden color of this curry. And this must be the quickest version ever! Aww..kindergarten? Must be such a nice feeling to send him off to learn!

  • Juliana August 22, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Nami, I love the Japanese curry…so easy and versatile, love that you used the pork belly…so tasty.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  • sheri August 22, 2011, 6:45 pm

    We love curry rice! I like the hot version but it’s nice the curry comes in a mild version for the kids.

  • Lisa H. August 22, 2011, 6:48 pm

    My pantry will never be without a box Golden Curry Sauce mix… I use the same brand too…. Its quick, tasty and delicious… and we Lurrrvvvve Japanese Curry… :D

  • Ann August 22, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Nami this looks amazing and your photos are absolutely stunning… Don’t blink – before you know it your son WILL be off to college!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) August 22, 2011, 7:40 pm

    I just love the taste of Japanese Curry, Nami…and I adore that Golden Curry Sauce mix! My pantry never run out of it!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 22, 2011, 7:43 pm

    Such a great color! We love curry here (my husband and I), but we always have Indian Curry – so it is spicy. I look forward to changing it up, and trying this!

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious August 22, 2011, 8:24 pm

    You’re so cute Nami! Awww you lil boy is growin up… This looks so yummy!

  • Karen August 22, 2011, 8:37 pm

    This looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had Japanese curry, but I love other curries, so I’m sure this is right up my alley. And really, with pork belly, how can you go wrong?? :)

  • Kim Bee August 22, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Nami, every thing you make looks so fresh and delicious. You are amazing. I cried when my kids went to school for the first time. I still get a bit choked up and they’re older.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 22, 2011, 9:33 pm

    What a great looking dish! It looks so simple and tasty at the same time too :)

  • Kay Ecker August 22, 2011, 9:48 pm

    Looks so good Nami! I love how you always use pork belly, I love that part of the pig!

  • Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen August 23, 2011, 1:39 am

    I never associate curry with Japanese cuisine but apparently you’re teaching me something new again today, Nami. I’m so intrigued by the idea of using that curry roux, and I wish they sold those cubes here so I don’t have to mix all my spices by hand…haha! As for our kids, you’ll realize one day how fast time really flies. My daughter just turned 15 and going to college in a few years, and I feel like…what just happened?

  • Sissi August 23, 2011, 1:46 am

    Nami, this pork donburi looks so delicious I’m sure your family is very happy also when you are busy and have not much time for cooking :-) It was a great idea to mention the other donburis you have posted, since some people, like me, probably missed most of them… The only donburi I make regularly is oyakodon and even thinking of it now makes me want to have it at once. Eggplant and Unagi sounds like the perfect dish for my lunch today, but I have no chance of having it :-( I should stop reading this list because I want to try every single dish!

  • bonnie at sweet life August 23, 2011, 3:13 am

    I hope he had a wonderful first day!! love this quick dinner idea, thanks for sharing and adding you other curries. happy tuesday!

  • Kelly August 23, 2011, 6:47 am

    I will use this gorgeous curry sauce for chicken or tofu. Delightful.

  • purabi naha August 23, 2011, 6:48 am

    Nami, this looks awesome! The pork curry donburi is really going to be a hit with my family. And wow, the recipe and the way you made this is a real feast to the eyes when you watch those beautiful pictures!!

  • mycookinghut August 23, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I love donburi! I have it quite frequently for lunch!

  • blackbookkitchendiaries August 23, 2011, 12:17 pm

    i actually love japanese curry. i have tried it before at my fav restaurant. this looks really pretty. your photos are gorgeous as always. thank you for sharing this.

  • kankana August 23, 2011, 2:01 pm

    So you will have some time to yourself after he goes to school. You know I love pork meat and in a curry that would make me drool . This looks like a lovely dish and awsm clicks!

  • Melissa August 23, 2011, 4:59 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! ♥
    I love your website, great recipes and everything is well explained and organized. Good job!

  • A Little Yumminess August 23, 2011, 8:46 pm

    Gosh! Your blog makes me MISS Japan and all the good food. You may have to cook for us at some point since we are all the Bay Area! :)

  • Mika August 23, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Some reasons I’ve been wanting to eat Indian curry every weekend ; )

    Ok, so tomorrow is going to be a big day for Enchan and YOU!!! Try to rest well tonight!

  • Dolly August 24, 2011, 1:07 am

    i love curry… mhhhh…. japanese curry to me.. it always gives the the impression of healthy opposed to other curries hahaa

  • Tiffany August 24, 2011, 6:51 am

    This curry looks fantastic!

  • Sandra August 24, 2011, 12:51 pm

    PORK!!!! Need I say more!

  • Cindy August 25, 2011, 9:44 am

    Hey Nami, some how I completely missed this posting, I think NetworkedBlogs sometimes interferes with my FB news feed, strange! I am so excited for you on all the exciting happenings, looking forward to hearing great news about the award!

  • Beth Michelle August 26, 2011, 3:57 am

    Aww first day of kindergarten! So bittersweet Im sure. I still remember what I wore my first day of kindergarten!!
    You pork curry donburi looks amazing and the fact that its an easy weeknight meal makes me even more eager to try it!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets August 28, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Even though I don’t eat pork, I LOVE Japanese curry and even make it from scratch on occasion. This looks so so good!

  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake August 29, 2011, 9:23 am

    That really looks delicious! That picture with the cubes had scroll up again to look at the ingredients, checking whether it’s really CHOCOLATE that you are adding there. Of course I was wrong but that thought kind of amused me. Especially because you wrote that children in particular like eating curry – who would not LOVE eating ANYTHING with chocolate! ;))

    Naturally, Germany does not have any traditional curries to offer, and most people just think about the yellow Indian spice mix (that is actually not Indian but British), or, you know, Uncle Ben’s. ;)


  • PolaM September 7, 2011, 7:40 pm

    Oh so that is how you make Japanese curry! BF loves curry so japanes curry roux is going on my shopping list. Let’s see how he likes it!

  • httpmom October 19, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I really L♥VE you recipes, but I am particularly grateful for this one as it is a family favorite! I have never seen it in any Japanese cookbooks, even though it is a popular lunch item at many restaurants here and all over Japan. I can’t wait to make it for my FIL next time he visits! To me, it’s Japanese comfort food. Your blog is one of my favorites too!

    • Nami January 28, 2012, 11:48 pm

      Thanks httpmom! :-)

  • Junelb May 11, 2012, 1:54 am

    I tried this is it was heaven! Even my daughter loves it. She’s rather picky when it comes to food plus this is curry!!
    I am thinking of experimenting with slice chicken meat. Do you think it is do-able?

    • Nami May 11, 2012, 10:03 am

      Hi Junelb! I’m happy you liked this. :-) Yes chicken works as well!

  • Kate July 25, 2012, 7:06 am

    I haven’t had japanese curry before. This curry looks soooooooo yummy. Thanks for sharing Your yummy recipe.

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok August 31, 2012, 1:02 am

    Nami, love this. Fab recipe for this month’s event………

    You are welcome to join in my monthly food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here for entry details and current theme. New theme each month. All bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade October 15, 2012, 4:12 am

    Oh yum. I don’t eat pork but Japanese curry (especially Curry Udon) is one of my absolute favorite meals and I just LOVE using those Golden Curry packs at home. Its been awhile since I’ve made a batch though.. You’ve given me some inspiration :D

  • A_Boleyn December 13, 2014, 11:50 am

    Even though your pork belly is actually bacon, at least that what we get in Canada, I’d gobble it up. :) Although I just bought some bone-in, skin on chicken breasts cause they were on sale and I love Japanese chicken curry too.