This week, I decided to transport myself back to life in Japan.  I’ve found myself missing it a lot lately, so I’ve been trying to recapture some of my fondest memories through food.  Yesterday I made these delicious rice burgers, that were found at a local Japanese burger spot called Mos Burger.  And today I made these asian sloppy joes, similar to a dish I had at my favorite Japanese Mom & Pop restaurant.

Asian Sloppy Joe

I had left over ground pork and ground chicken from yesterday’s meal, so I decided to use the same combination today to create these sloppy joe hoagies.  These hoagies were very easy to make and full of flavor.

Here is the recipe….

Asian Sloppy Joe Hoagies


1-2 tbsp canola oil
1 medium red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 tbsp fermented hot pepper paste (found at asian grocery store)
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1/2 lb ground chicken
1/2 lb ground pork
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
1/8 cup fresh lime juice
mini hoagie buns (4)


1.  In a sauté pan add canola oil and place on medium heat.  Once oil is hot add onions, celery, pepper paste, garlic, ginger, and salt/pepper.  Stir occasionally and cook until vegetables are softened.

2.  Once vegetables are softened, add chicken and pork.  Break up meat and cook until meat is no longer pink.

3.  Stir in hoisin sauce, tomatoes, lime juice, and simmer until liquid starts to thicken.  About 15-20 minutes.  Adjust flavors to your liking, and add sugar if you need to balance out the lime taste.

4.  Spoon sloppy joe filling into warm hoagie rolls, and top with a cabbage slaw.  Can also top with shredded lettuce.

Asian Sloppy Joe Sandwich in Easylunchoxes

You can serve these sloppy joe hoagies for dinner, or pack them for lunch.  Here I packed a sloppy joe hoagie in my Easylunchboxes lunch box along with purple cabbage slaw, mixed berries, kiwi, raw cashews, and a Simply Go-GURT.



Recipe adapted from Food & Wine Jan 2013 magazine.


While living in Japan, I used to frequent a burger restaurant called Mos Burger.  It basically sold Japanese-style hamburgers.  Many of the toppings were catered towards the Japanese palate, so eating there was always an adventure.  One unique burger on their menu was the rice burger.  Instead of using a wheat bun or lettuce, the bun was made out of rice.  Perfect for those on a gluten-free diet, or limiting their gluten intake.  Today I craved it, so I decided to make my own.

Chicken & Pork Rice Burger 3

Here is how you make this burger…..

Asian Chicken & Pork Rice Burger


4 cup cooked sticky Japanese sushi rice
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb ground chicken
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp toasted rice powder (I added about 1/2 cup uncooked sushi rice to a metal baking dish and baked in 400 degree oven until rice was toasted. I then grinded it up to make into powder form). Can omit this ingredient.
1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped
cooking oil


1. Line a shallow baking sheet with foil paper. Lightly coat foil with some oil.

2. Press cooked and cooled rice onto baking sheet. Make sure to press firmly, since you want rice packed in.

3. Lightly coat a circular cookie cutter with oil, and cut out the rice patties. Depending on size you should have at least 4 patties.

4. Coat a non-stick pan with some oil, and place on medium heat. Once oil is hot, add rice patties. Fry both sides of patties until golden brown. Once done remove from pan and set aside.

Chicken & Pork Burgers

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except oil and rice. Using your hands, make sure all ingredients are well incorporated.

2. Place a small sauté pan on medium heat. Once hot, add a small piece of meat mixture and cook until done. Once done, taste and adjust flavoring to your liking.

3. Form burgers the same size as patties. Place a large frying pan on medium heat and add a small amount of oil. Once oil is hot, add burger patties.

4. Cook burgers on both sides until thoroughly cooked.

5. Once cooked, remove from heat and assemble your burger.

Chicken & Pork Rice Burger

The rice patty should have a crispy exterior and soft in the center.

Chicken & Pork Rice Burger 2

This burger is perfect for lunch or dinner

Asian Chicken & Pork Rice Burger

I packed it in my Laptop Lunches lunch box along with a purple cabbage/carrots/cilantro slaw, mixed berries & kiwi, a Simple Go-GURT, and a Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey granola bar.



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