OMG. We weren't sure what to expect from this recipe but we were floored. I can't describe it- not too sweet or salty, not spicy... just melt in your mouth good. Like your taste buds went on overdrive. It was like a juicy pork roast, but....more. Just MORE. That's the only way I can describe it! We used the liquid shio koji in a little pouch we bought online. The only change we made to the recipe was to add some cornstarch at the end to slightly thicken the sauce. Served it with basmati rice and the suggested ginger pickled carrots. I'm very glad we bought more than one package of the shio koji. I think that stuff is magic. So if you do buy some, go ahead and buy more than one, you won't regret it.