Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent, #SundaySupper

Happy Mother’s Day! I’m blessed with two. Both are inspirations. My birth mother is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist. Despite the obstacles of limited finances, Mom’s mighty confidence and unwavering determination resulted in multiple tennis trophies and first place titles. My stepmother, Barbara’s artistic sensibilities continue to influence my appreciation of breathtaking compositions of poetry, flowers, food and furniture!

Good fortune is emblazoned on this sake cup
containing Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent.

Formidable as my mothers may be, cooking and baking never ranked as a favorite pastime. As Barbara was a popular actress and voiceover talent in Tokyo, many a chili dinner bubbled in the slow cooker. (AKA crock-pot in the ‘70s.) Mom’s go-to meal after competing or teaching on the tennis courts was scrambled eggs and bacon. So, in tribute to these ladies, I’m tipping my hat to the both of them with Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent.

An Asian take on American eggs and bacon cooked up in the slow cooker.

For starters, thinly cut pork belly (instead of bacon) was dropped into the slow cooker. (Pork belly is a staple in many Japanese ramen noodle recipes.) A variety of Asian veggies, sake wine and soy sauce joined the eggs and pork. Delicate Japanese yuzu citrus juice delivered a dynamic kick to the meat. Sake is also pronounced in my slow cooker eggs with an Asian accent. (The alcohol will burn off in the cooking process but the sharp wine tone lingers on the palate.) The potatoes balance the bite. But, to make the dish more kid-friendly, you might add two tablespoons of sugar. Regardless of age, a shower or drizzle of soy sauce or ketchup (depending on taste) will enhance the eggs, pork and vegetables.

Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent

Eggs are whipped up with Asian spices and sauces. Veggies and meat are spiked with the juice of Japanese yuzu (or lemon.) Everything is tossed together in the slow cooker and simmered in sake and soy sauce. This is a meal for grownups. (For a sweeter kid-friendly version, feel free to add sugar and/or substitute the sake wine with white grape juice.) 


1 lb. pork belly, sliced razor thin
6 small potatoes, sliced thin (I used Idaho® potatoes)
2 small onions, finely chopped
10 small shitake mushrooms, sliced
½ medium Chinese cabbage, roughly chopped
2 cups China peas
2 tablespoons Japanese yuzu citrus juice or lemon juice
8 eggs
1¾ cups sake rice wine
2 tablespoons mirin or sweet wine
5 tablespoons gluten-free non-GMO soy sauce
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
½ teaspoon togarashi chili pepper
1 packet bonito (katsuobushi) powder or 1 bouillon cube
1 teaspoon grated ginger


1. Generously spray grape seed oil into a slow cooker.
2. Alternate layers of sliced potatoes, onions, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage and China peas.
3. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon yuzu juice over the meat and veggies.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Whisk together the eggs, sake, mirin, soy sauce, garlic, togarashi chili pepper, bonito powder or bouillon and ginger.
6. Pour the whipped eggs over the pork and vegetables in the slow cooker.
7. Slow cook on low for 4 hours. Turn up the heat to high and cook for 1 more hour.

Do you have special plans for Mother’s Day? You are invited to join the celebration of mothers at the Twitter #SundaySupper virtual table. Liz Berg of That Skinny Chick Can Bake is the host. Her recipes are divine and the love for her family is heartwarming. Scroll down for details about #SundaySupper and more dishes and desserts made with mothers in mind. 

Cheers to Mothers!
Afternoon tea orchestrated by my glamorous stepmother. 

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Wishing you a heavenly Mother's Day!

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

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