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Author: Lisa Lin

Udon Bowl with Five Spice Slow Cooker Pork

Serves 4-5.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins


Five Spice Slow Cooker Pork

  • 2 lbs (900g) pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 cups (480ml) chicken broth
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) soy sauce
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece (1-inch) ginger, sliced

Udon Noodles

  • 2 cups (480ml) chicken stock
  • 2 cups (480ml) water
  • 7 oz (200g) dry udon noodles
  • 1 TBS white miso paste, shiro miso
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper, optional
  • 1 stalk of green onion, chopped


  • Trim the pork shoulder of excess fat and chop it into smaller slices. Rub the five-spice powder and salt all over the meat.
  • Add the chicken broth, water, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and meat into the slow cooker. Cook on high for 6 to 7 hours or on low for 8 to 9 hours.
  • When the pork is nearly done, take a small pot, and bring 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of water to boil over medium-high heat. When the water is boiling, add the udon noodles into the pot. Let it cook for a few minutes before reducing the heat to medium-low. Add the miso, garlic powder, salt, and white pepper. Next, add the chopped green onions, saving about a tablespoon for garnish. Let the noodles cook for several more minutes, or until the noodles are soft and plump.
  • Using a fork, break up the pork, and serve it with the udon. I added a few tablespoons of the broth from the slow cooker to the noodles just to add a bit more flavor. Garnish the bowl with green onions, black sesame seeds, sprouts, cucumber, pickled daikon, or watermelon radishes if you like!


If you want a soupy noodle bowl, add more water when you're cooking the noodles. Better yet, prepare more broth in a separate pot so that you can pour it over the noodles when you serve them.
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