So my boyfriend and I have been binging various isekai anime for a while and cannot get enough of Campfire Cooking in Another World. Each episode has some delicious cooking scenes, and it makes us salivate. So I decided, why not try a recipe we fangirled over, the red boar steak bowl!
We love pork. And whenever we spot a new cafe or restaurant near our houses when they have a new pork dish, you bet we are ordering it. So when this Isekai anime showed its protagonist tinkering with various delicious and juicy pork recipes, we had to try it out.
So today, I want to recreate a popular dish from the anime’s 2nd episode, the red boar steak bowl, because it looks tasty, juicy, and all things pork. Let us begin!
A Little About Campfire Cooking in Another World
So the story starts with Tsuyoshi Mukouda, a regular Japanese man who gets summoned into another world to fight for the Kingdom of Reijseger. But unlike others summoned for that cause, Mukouda nopes out as he specializes in “Online Supermarket,” a seemingly unnecessary skill for combat.
As the spells help him order delicious food and snacks from Japan, he uses them to live in this world. All things are seemingly alright until he meets Fenrir, a legendary wolf creature now interested in Mukouda’s non-combat skill.
Fenrir creates a contract to be Mukouda’s trusty patron in return for daily heaps of delicious meals! Their journey is adventurous, as the food they enjoy is heavenly and will make you grab snacks.
According to Mukouda, Fenrir is a glutton. But according to me, that hungry fox is all of us watching this anime.
How to Tell if Pork Is Cooked?
Some meats are a little unpredictable to cook. Beef and pork are a few of them. So for pork, the best way to check for pinkness and readiness.
So for my pork, I poked it with a knife to check if the juices were flowing. I next cut a chunk in half to check if it’s a light faded pink inside. These are the cues of a cooked pork piece.
Now there are four forms of cooked pork preference. Namely:
- Medium-rare (150°F or 65.5°C)
- Medium (155°F or 68.3°C)
- Medium-well (157°F or 69.4°C)
- Well done (160°F or 71.1°C)
I prefer medium-well meat, so the pork is brown, tender, juicy, and retains all the right flavors.
The Red Boar Steak Bowl Recipe
In the anime, Mukouda uses pork steak pieces for this meal. But I could not find steak pieces. Thankfully, I came across some fresh pork cubes with thick fat marbling. And they seemed so perfect for this recipe.
So if you are in a similar situation, try Trader Joe’s pork belly! They are fully cooked, and a sauteeing will juice them up in no time! So let us begin:
Step 1: Mix Chopped Garlic With Soy Sauce
Chop up some garlic and add it to a bowl of soy sauce. Mix it well and keep it aside. You will need this to flavor your steak and give it an aromatic kick.
Step 2: Heat Some Oil in a Skillet
Take a non-stick skillet and add some olive oil. Crack the heat to high so that the oil smokes up. And when it does, drop your pork pieces. Lower the heat to medium so that the pork bits do not char.
Step 3: Time to Cook!
Cook each side for one minute. That way, each side browns up and releases the fat. Maintain a medium to medium-low heat for that perfect sear on each side.
Continue to do this for 8 or 10 minutes. Keep flipping the sides to cook for one minute during this time.
Step 4: Rest the Pork
The best pork chunks are the ones well-rested. So after you finish cooking the meat, let the tender and juicy pieces rest on the skillet for about 1-2 minutes.
Doing so makes the pork juicier, more tender, and more flavorful than if you served it right off the pan.
Step 5: Prep the Pork
Now it is time to flavor these meaty chunky pieces! Place the cooked pork on a plate, and drench it with the garlic soy sauce you had made earlier.
Now serve it over rice, pour some steak sauce on the meat, and enjoy! You can also garnish with some spring onions for a bright contrasting hue.
Your red boar steak bowl is ready! I might not have access to slaying red boar monsters. But I do love to look for the freshest butchered meat pieces for all my recipes!
Tips From a Homecook
Now I will be honest, this was possibly my third time cooking pork. My previous lifestyle did not really allow the enjoyment of this delicacy.
So I want to share some things I learned about cooking pork with sauce:
Eyes on the Oil!
A mistake you want to avoid is frying pork in excess oil. A little bit will do the trick. The fat on pork chunks melts under low heat, creating the much-needed grease that pork cooks in.
And if you use excess oil, it might deep-fry the chunks of fat, making them too chewy and hard. Not really something to enjoy. Of course, some pieces of fat soften up and become a melt-in-the-mouth delicacy for every bite.
Cooking With Sauce
I love adding hot, sweet, and spicy flavors to my meat dishes, and sauces hit all the right spots! In Campfire Cooking in Another World, Mukouda cooks the steak piece first and then adds the sauce.
As for cooked steaked, he is doing the right thing. But if you are cooking cubed meat chunks, I suggest adding the sauces over your pan. This helps the sauces to coat all pieces evenly and enhance the flavor over heat.
This meal is my new favorite comfort food. I guarantee that the juicy and garlicky pork chunks over your spoonful of rice will create a rich, succulent, aromatic magic as you take a bite
Red Boar Steak Bowl Recipe From Campfire Cooking in Another World
- 3-4 Bowls
- 1 Non-stick pan or skillet
- 1 Tong
- 1 Spatula
- 1 Dish (for serving)
- 1 Pair of chopsticks
- 500 Grams of Pork (cubed)
- 3 Tbsp Olive oil
- 5 Tbsp Soy sauce
- 10 Cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Cup Rice
- 5 Tbsp Steak sauce
- Add chopped garlic and soy sauce in a bowl, and keep aside
- Cut up the pork cubes into near-equal chunks
- Heat your oil and drop the pork cubes once the oil is smoking
- Keep the heat to medium-low, and turn the chunks with a tong every minute
- Let the fats blend into the oil, infusing with the pork chunks
- After 30 minutes, take the pork off the heat
- Strain the garlic soy sauce, and pour it over the steak
- Plate some rice, and add the sauced pork chunks over it
- Drizzle some steak sauce over the meal, and enjoy!
Deliciously yummy looking….sure to taste…i
Thank you so much!
I will find different other ways to cook pork for sure. It is one of the most delicious meats out there. 😀