Slow Cooker Japanese Pork with Soba Noodles

Asian cooking is known for its simplicity and speed.  This recipe uses the inexpensive pork shoulder which can be rather tough if not cooked properly.  To ensure it is tender and full of flavor the pork is first cooked in a slow cooker.  Slow cooking is great because it is not hands on and this methods does impart a tremendous amount of flavor for so little effort.

Slow Cooker Japanese Pork with Soba Noodles


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Time to Make

  • 10 minutes of preparation
  • 7 to 8 hours of cooking


  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces soba noodles
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed
  • chopped roasted peanuts, for serving


  1. In a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker, stir together soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, oil, ginger, and crushed red pepper.  Add the pork and toss everything together.  Cover and cook until the pork is tender, 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.
  2. About 15 minutes before the pork is ready, cook the soba noodles according to the package directions.  During the last minute of cooking, toss in the bell peppers and snow peas.
  3. Meanwhile, strain the pork, transferring the liquid to a skillet and set aside the pork.  Cook the cooking liquid until slightly thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Add the pork to the skillet and toss.
  4. Serve the pork over the soba noodles and vegetables.  Sprinkle with peanuts as desired.

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