In Japan, pork, cheese, and perilla leaves (shiso) are a common food combo. They can be cooked in many ways. I've tried rolling the ingredients together and wrapping them with some leftover shumai wrappers that I have on the fridge and steamed it in the microwave. The wrappers served as an agent so the pork rolls won't open while cooking and it worked well. It's delicious.

Pearl Ishizaki


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Wash perilla leaves and soak in a bowl of cold water. Drain.

  • Lay pork slices flat on a work surface and season with salt and pepper. Spread a small amount of pickled plum over pork. Arrange American cheese slices over pork and top with perilla leaves. Roll pork around cheese and leaves, creating 8 rolls.

  • Wrap each pork roll with a shumai wrapper. Dampen the edges and fold wrapper around pork filling, sealing the edges.

  • Arrange celery in 1 layer on a microwave-safe plate and spread sardines on top. Place the wrapped pork rolls on top, keeping space between each one to avoid them sticking together. Cover plate or wrap with plastic wrap.

  • Cook in the microwave for 8 minutes. Keep the plate covered for 5 minutes before uncovering.

Nutrition Facts

96 calories; 5.3 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 371 mg sodium. 5.3 g carbohydrates; 7.7 g protein; Full Nutrition