Easy Japanese Recipes

Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) Bento 生姜焼き弁当

Ginger Pork Bento | Easy Japanes Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I received very positive feedback on How To Make Bento post from the readers and I just want to say thank you!  It took a bit of effort and many sleepless nights to put together the bento post, but the great feedback from you makes it all worthwhile!  I hope the instructions were clear and helpful.

As I continue my bento series, today I’ll show you the Ginger Pork Bento I had prepared.

Previous Dinner Was: Shogayaki (Ginger Pork).

Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Ginger pork is one of the easiest Japanese pork dishes you can make! It takes less than 30 minutes to cook from start to finish.  If you enjoy tender pork with a hint of ginger, you’ll love this dish.

Lunch Next Day:

  • Shogayaki (Ginger Pork ) over rice
  • Various fresh fruits
  • Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette)

Ginger Pork Bento | Easy Japanse Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I defrosted a pack of frozen rice (See How To Freeze Rice) in microwave and fill 2/3 of the bento box my kids have.  Besides reheating the Ginger Pork (see Food Safety For Bento), only thing that I had to cook in the morning was this Quick & Easy Tamagoyaki.

Quick & Easy Tamagoyaki | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com While I wait for rice, Tamagoyaki and Ginger Pork to cool down, I washed and cut fruits.  When everything is cooled completely, I packed all the foods into the bent box.

Ginger Pork Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) Bento Recipe
Prep time
Cook time
Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Fill up half of bento box with the rice. Let it cool so that hot/warm rice will not warm up other cool food.
  2. Make Tamagoyaki (see how to make Quick & Easy Tamagoyaki).
  3. Reheat leftover Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) in the frying pan until it's warm thoroughly.
  4. Wash and cut fruits.
  5. Start packing cooled foods into bento box.
  6. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS].

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  • The Ninja Baker September 11, 2013, 5:41 pm



  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking September 11, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Ok what time I should be there to pick up my bento? hehe…looks awesome as always-and I do love rolled omelette with seaweed, it’s like my tv snack food!:))

  • yummychunklet September 11, 2013, 5:52 pm

    What a fantastic looking and balanced bento!

  • Joanne T Ferguson September 11, 2013, 6:17 pm

    G’day Nami and am fascinated with all things Bento, true!
    How do you know from the storage and food safety what can go in the box and how long it can site safely too? Cheers! Joanne

  • john@kitchenriffs September 11, 2013, 6:29 pm

    This is another winner! I haven’t made your ginger pork yet, and I should – I love that combo of flavors! Great looking bento – thanks.

  • Michelle @ The Bakeanista September 11, 2013, 6:32 pm

    Oh my! How yummy does that look! I’m going to make this Shogayaki and the easy tamago soon! I am sitting here salivating.

  • Hotly Spiced September 11, 2013, 6:57 pm

    There is so much colour in your bento boxes. Your children are so blessed to have such a healthy and pretty lunch while they’re at school – so much better than what’s served in the school cafeterias (from what I’ve heard). The ginger pork sounds very yummy xx

  • Lucy @ Lucyeats September 11, 2013, 7:04 pm

    What a delicious looking bento! I’ve always thought that they looked a little time consuming to prepare so I’m very glad to see that you’ve incorporated things from previous meals and I like the frozen rice idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing

  • kwbentodiary September 11, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Oooh…..I’m going to try this Ginger Pork recipe!! Looks so delicious but I’ll add less ginger in case of spicy due to my daughter and I can’t take spicy food :p
    Awesome bento Nami! I’m the one wants to be your daughter!!!!

  • Eha September 11, 2013, 8:20 pm

    A beautifully appetizing bento box! Don’t recall having made ginger pork per se and yours looks great: so, have to try! I too love th egg roll :) !

    • Nami September 18, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much Eha! If you like ginger, you will enjoy this quick ginger/garlic sauce. :)

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You September 11, 2013, 8:26 pm

    What a great lunch box… filled with healthy and delicious dishes.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 11, 2013, 9:02 pm

    I can’t say enough nice things about your colorful and delicious bentos. Except, wish I had this in my childhood :D

  • Ash-foodfashionparty September 11, 2013, 9:05 pm

    Your kids are so lucky. Looks so neat, my teen would love to open his lunch box to unveil the yummy stuff.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 11, 2013, 10:20 pm

    I love your bento boxes but I’m in love with the pork. :)

  • Mel September 11, 2013, 11:44 pm

    Wish I can order 1set from you and pick up later. I know this must be delicious.

  • Mich Piece of Cake September 11, 2013, 11:51 pm

    That’s a really beautiful Bento!

  • TheKitchenLioness September 12, 2013, 12:15 am

    And here is that lovely Ginger Pork incorporated in an even lovelier Bento box – now, this could not be more delicious and family friendly – my kids adore ground ginger in my cooking and if you add the Tamagoyaki and those fresh fruits to the box, then this lunch must be a huge success! I am so very happy for you that your Bento series is turning out to be so hugely popular! Respect for all your tireless work!
    Hugs and kisses from Germany,

  • Suzee Q September 12, 2013, 1:06 am

    Nami I am loving your bento series. It has inspired my to get back to making bento again. I look forward to reading more posts from you on this and also trying more of your recipes (^-^)

    • Nami September 15, 2013, 9:12 pm

      Hi Suzee! Thank you for your encouraging words! I’ll keep working on it! :) Thank you so much for following my site!

  • Belinda @zomppa September 12, 2013, 2:41 am

    You make THE BEST bento boxes. Mine looks like child’s play!

  • CCU September 12, 2013, 3:35 am

    That looks utterly brilliant my friend, fantastic flavours in it :D


  • Ramona September 12, 2013, 4:24 am

    I love how colorful your bento boxes are… I would go back to school if my mother packed me such beautiful lunches. :)

  • Shema | LifeScoops September 12, 2013, 5:44 am

    Love your bento lunches … the looks so good and the best part is, it so helathy. I am sure any kid will be happy seeing this colorful meal.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen September 12, 2013, 5:52 am

    Even if I’m no longer packing bento boxes for my kids, this is still a great idea for a home cooked meal. I like how you combine different flavors and textures in such a compact space. Thanks for sharing, Nami. Enjoy the coming weekend.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz September 12, 2013, 8:21 am

    Well I just love tender pork and ginger, it looks super yummy. And I like this box too, the plum and blueberries really pop.

  • Charles September 12, 2013, 9:02 am

    I bet your kids’ schoolmates are so jealous of those bento boxes… I sure would be if I knew someone was coming in every day with things looking like that! So versatile too… love the contrasting colour of the fruit next to the rest!

  • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen September 12, 2013, 9:08 am

    What an incredible lunch for your kids.. they are so blessed to have you!! What a pretty presentation as well. I can just see them being so happy to open up their lunch and seeing this lovingly made for them!

  • Des September 12, 2013, 9:52 am

    Mmmm ginger pork. Love this! And your bento is gorgeous! :)

  • Rosa September 12, 2013, 10:53 am

    A wonderful recipe! That pork looks delicious.



  • minnie@thelady8home September 12, 2013, 11:06 am

    What my kids would do to have that bento box!!

    I have started following your rules…..the first one I implemented was colors. That has opened up my choices and has made it interesting for them too :) Thanks so much Nami, this is a great recipe. I will try it and see how my kids take it.

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef September 12, 2013, 11:09 am

    Nice bento my friend,
    btw, i’m not used to eat food fron such any lunch box,
    i used to put it on a plate, even for dry food like cookies,
    Kinda shame on me….
    btw, i used to using red ginger for a stronger ginger flavour for ginger pork, chicken or shrimp

  • Kim | a little lunch September 12, 2013, 11:11 am

    Nami, one of the many things I appreciate about your website is the way you include links to related recipes… helpful hints… ingredients, etc… very efficient and time saving for me. (I’m always prowling your site, lol!) Just printed off your “How To Freeze Rice” post (minutes before mine is done), as well as your Teriyaki Salmon recipe (dinner tonight?!) — and my oh my, I’m eyeballing that Ginger Pork as a definite possibility on our menu soon! Your children must be happy to open their lunch boxes. :) Thanks again for so willingly sharing your cooking expertise — and for your kind friendship.

  • Sissi September 12, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Tamagoyaki and pork in one bento is too much for me! And it looks so beautiful too… Does your son realise he has the most beaufitul lunch in the whole school???

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 12, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I love anything with ginger, your bento looks so tasty!

  • Nik@ABrownTable September 12, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Pork with ginger sounds wonderful, great recipe, Nami!

  • A_Boleyn September 13, 2013, 12:27 am

    I made a thai red pork curry with the boneless pork I had in my freezer earlier in the week but pork and ginger are always a good combo even if I’m not planning on putting it in a bento.

  • cquek September 13, 2013, 1:12 am

    i would love to have that lunch box and show off to my colleagues.

  • Penny September 13, 2013, 2:06 am

    So beautifully made! Your kids are so lucky! they must be very excited everyday to see what their bento looks! :)
    Have a nice weekend Nami!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 13, 2013, 8:10 am

    We always order this because hubby loves pork! Thank you so much for the recipe Nami! :D

  • Jeannie September 13, 2013, 8:59 am

    Hi Nami, I think your ginger pork bento looks fabulous! Would love to try it too!

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) September 13, 2013, 10:24 am

    I want to bring Bento Boxes to work, they look delish!

  • ashley - Baker by Nature September 13, 2013, 11:46 am

    I love your bento box series, Nami!!! And this ginger pork just sounds incredible!!! I will try it next week for sure! xo

  • Riitta September 13, 2013, 12:09 pm

    So cute! And delicious too, I suspect. :-) I really loved trying various Bento boxes when travelling in Japan, so much more exciting than boring Western sandwiches. Just too bad I work from my home office, so I can’t make myself one of these.

  • veganmiam.com September 13, 2013, 12:09 pm

    My best friend gave me a bento box that looks like that from Tokyo, but a bit narrow! I would love to try more bento box meals someday, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 13, 2013, 12:59 pm

    You make pork look perfectly delicious in every new recipe, Nami! This ginger flavor on the pork is just irresistible. Such a great flavor for fall!

  • Fern @ To Food with Love September 13, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Nami, you always know how to make your food look so tempting and beautiful at the same time. Love the bento, it looks perfect. The pork is really droolworthy. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, hopefully soon!

  • easyfoodsmith September 14, 2013, 6:41 am

    Wow! That looks like a lovely meal. I do not eat pork but that is looking like a succulent and beautifully seasoned pork!

  • Daniela September 14, 2013, 9:49 am

    The rolled omelette looks so pretty and appetizing and I love the pork with Ginger- easy to cook and very tasty.
    Could I have a Bento box too ? :))

  • Raymund September 15, 2013, 1:04 am

    Thats a nice combination of food items in that bento box

  • Serena @Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch September 15, 2013, 12:05 pm

    This is such a gorgeous Bento Box! I wish I could have this for my lunch! Mmmm..

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen September 16, 2013, 10:36 am

    I would be thrilled to open this up for my lunch, Nami!

    Love your new profile photo too!

  • mjskit September 16, 2013, 11:09 am

    Gorgeous bento! Love that ginger pork and I guess I missed the quick and easy Tamagoyaki. Definitely need to try that! BTW – love the new picture of you!

  • Yvonne September 30, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these bento ideas!
    I will definitely come back for more exciting suggestions!

    • Nami September 30, 2013, 11:20 pm

      Thank you Yvonne! Hope you enjoy my bento posts. :)

  • Lynna October 3, 2013, 1:46 am

    I love reading these bento posts since they introduce me to your older recipes. I haven`t seen the ginger pork recipe before and it looks like something I can make! I just saved it. Hehe.

  • Stephanie October 4, 2013, 11:20 am

    Hm, I’ve never frozen rice before and just read your how to. I’ll have to give this a try sometime!

  • Rosa December 17, 2013, 10:31 am

    Scrumptious and baeutiful looking bento!



  • Mi Vida en un Dulce December 17, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Something that I enjoy about your bento is the mix of colors, of course also the combination of different healthy food, but you know, color are very important for kids.

  • Sandra December 17, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Beautiful, colorful bento and I would love to make the Gingered Pork!!

  • Hotly Spiced December 18, 2013, 1:51 am

    I love the fruit that you have with this dish. What a gorgeous meal. Ginger and pork go so well together xx