This dish takes only ten minutes to cook, all with one frying pan! The donburi consists of one bowl with various ingredients, and a nutritionally balanced meal on its own.
Origin of Nira Tama
“Nira tama,” a popular dish in Japan, is prepared with a Vegetable called Nira (or Japanese leek) and eggs. The origin of Japanese leek is from East Asia with a history of more than three thousand years. It was introduced to Japan from China during the Yayoi Period (from 300 B.C. to 250 A.C.). The word “nira" indicates that this food was for medicinal purposes in ancient Japan. It was commonly used in porridges because it was believed to warm up and energize the body.
Nira was slow to catch on as a food because of its distinctive smell. In recent food culture, it has become widely known as a nutritious vegetable that increases energy and stamina, especially during the summer months.
It is grown all over Japan for its popularity and easy cultivation.
When Japanese people are asked, “What is a Japanese dish that uses leek?”, “Nira tama” may be a common response. It is a Chinese dish of briefly fried Japanese leek topped with eggs. It is also easy to make and an excellent accompaniment to rice. In this recipe, it is arranged in a bowl.
The Harmonious Effects of Pork and Leek
Pork contains Vitamin B1 and is effective against exhaustion and building physical strength. The chopped pork can be cooked with potato starch to increase tenderness.
Japanese leek also includes a nutrient called allicin. It helps absorb Vitamin B1 and has a strong bactericidal effect, boosting the immune system.
It contains dietary fiber, β- carotene, Vitamin C, and other nutrients as well.
- 3.5 oz Pork chunks
- a pinch Salt
- 1 tsp Potato starch
- 1 tbsp Sake
- 2 Egg
- 3.5 oz Bean sprouts
- 1.7 oz Chives (Nira)
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Mirin (Japanese sweet sake)
- 1 tsp Curry powder
- 2 tsp Oil
- 2 bowls Steamed rice
Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces and rub in ingredients (A).
Cut the chives into 1.6inches (4cm) strips.
Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt.
Heat 2 tsp of oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the eggs.
When the eggs are half-cooked, remove them from the pan.
In the same frying pan, add a little oil and fry the pork over medium heat. Add ingredients (B) to season.
Add bean sprouts and chives and stir-fry.
When cooked, add the eggs back in the pan and season with salt and pepper.
Serve over a bowl of rice.
- When making fried eggs, heat the oil well before adding the eggs for a fluffy finish.
- Adding potato starch to the seasoning of the pork will make the meat more tender.