Braised Pork Belly (Kakuni)

Braised Pork Belly (Kakuni) takes approximately 15 minutes from beginning to end. This recipe makes 3 servings with 1021 calories, 27g of protein, and 86g of fat each. For $11.31 per serving, this recipe covers 21% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. It is a good option if you're following a gluten free, dairy free, and fodmap friendly diet. A few people made this recipe, and 56 would say it hit the spot. It works well as a main course. If you have chili pepper, sugar, eggs, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. It is brought to you by Just One Cookbook. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 49%. This score is solid. Try Japanese Braised Pork Belly (buta No Kakuni), Chashu Pork (Marinated Braised Pork Belly for Tonkotsu Ramen), and Braised Pork Belly for similar recipes.

Servings: 3

Preparation duration: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 chili pepper

2½ cup dashi stock

3 eggs

2 slices ginger

Thumb-size ginger

3 Tbsp. mirin

1 lb pork belly

4 Tbsp. sake

Shichimi Togarashi for taste

4 Tbsp. soy sauce

4 Tbsp. sugar

1 negi or Tokyo negi (Japanese long green onion)

Equipment:

meat tenderizer

knife

paper towels

frying pan

pot

Cooking instruction summary:

Pound the pork on both sides with a meat pounder (or edge of knife (not the sharp side)).Then mold the meat back into the original shape with your hands, and then cut into 2 inch pieces.Heat oil on the heavy skillet over medium high heat and put the fattiest part on the bottom. Cook the meat until all sides are nicely browned. To prevent from oil splatter, you can use a splatter screen.When the meat is nicely browned, transfer it to paper towel and wipe off excess fat.Slice the ginger and cut green part of Tokyo Negi into 2 inche pieces.With the white part of Tokyo Negi, make Shiraga Negi for garnish (See How To Make Shiraga Negi).In a large pot, put the browned pork belly, green part of Tokyo Negi, half of sliced ginger (save some for later), and pour water to cover the meat.Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 2-3 hours, turning occasionally (if you want really tender meat, cook for at least 3 hours). When the liquid is running low, keep adding water (or hot water) to cover the meat.Meanwhile make 3 hard boiled eggs (Check How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs).After cooking for 2 hours, take out the meat and wipe off excess oil with paper towel.In another large pot (I use a cast iron pot), put the pork belly, dashi stock, sake, and mirin. Start cooking on medium high heat.Add sugar, soy sauce, the rest of ginger slices, and the red chili pepper (I remove the seeds for my kids.).When boiling, lower the heat but keep simmering. Place Otoshibuta on top (If you don't have an Otoshibuta, make one! See How To Make Otoshibuta). We’ll be cooking for 1 hour.After cooking for 30 minutes, add the hard boiled eggs. Remove otoshibuta and continue simmering.Simmer for another 30 minutes. Once in a while pour the sauce on top of the meat and rotate the meat and eggs. Make sure you have enough liquid so they won’t get burnt. When the sauce gets reduced and the meat has nice glaze, it’s ready to serve. Serve the pork belly and eggs with Shiraga Negi on top.If you prefer this dish to be less oily and have more flavor, wait for another day. Cool down the pot completely and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Next day take out the pot from the refrigerator and remove the solidified fat before heating up. Heat thoroughly and serve the pork belly and eggs with Shiraga Negi on top.

 

Step by step:


1. Pound the pork on both sides with a meat pounder (or edge of knife (not the sharp side)).Then mold the meat back into the original shape with your hands, and then cut into 2 inch pieces.

2. Heat oil on the heavy skillet over medium high heat and put the fattiest part on the bottom. Cook the meat until all sides are nicely browned. To prevent from oil splatter, you can use a splatter screen.When the meat is nicely browned, transfer it to paper towel and wipe off excess fat.Slice the ginger and cut green part of Tokyo Negi into 2 inche pieces.With the white part of Tokyo Negi, make Shiraga Negi for garnish (See How To Make Shiraga Negi).In a large pot, put the browned pork belly, green part of Tokyo Negi, half of sliced ginger (save some for later), and pour water to cover the meat.Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 2-3 hours, turning occasionally (if you want really tender meat, cook for at least 3 hours). When the liquid is running low, keep adding water (or hot water) to cover the meat.Meanwhile make 3 hard boiled eggs (Check How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs).After cooking for 2 hours, take out the meat and wipe off excess oil with paper towel.In another large pot (I use a cast iron pot), put the pork belly, dashi stock, sake, and mirin. Start cooking on medium high heat.

3. Add sugar, soy sauce, the rest of ginger slices, and the red chili pepper (I remove the seeds for my kids.).When boiling, lower the heat but keep simmering.

4. Place Otoshibuta on top (If you don't have an Otoshibuta, make one! See How To Make Otoshibuta). We’ll be cooking for 1 hour.After cooking for 30 minutes, add the hard boiled eggs.

5. Remove otoshibuta and continue simmering.Simmer for another 30 minutes. Once in a while pour the sauce on top of the meat and rotate the meat and eggs. Make sure you have enough liquid so they won’t get burnt. When the sauce gets reduced and the meat has nice glaze, it’s ready to serve.

6. Serve the pork belly and eggs with Shiraga Negi on top.If you prefer this dish to be less oily and have more flavor, wait for another day. Cool down the pot completely and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Next day take out the pot from the refrigerator and remove the solidified fat before heating up.

7. Heat thoroughly and serve the pork belly and eggs with Shiraga Negi on top.


Nutrition Information:

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1021k Calories
26g Protein
85g Total Fat
29g Carbs
8% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
1021k
51%

Fat
85g
132%

  Saturated Fat
30g
193%

Carbohydrates
29g
10%

  Sugar
21g
24%

Cholesterol
272mg
91%

Sodium
2263mg
98%

Alcohol
4g
27%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
26g
54%

Vitamin B3
11mg
56%

Vitamin B1
0.65mg
43%

Vitamin B2
0.7mg
41%

Selenium
28µg
40%

Phosphorus
357mg
36%

Vitamin B12
1µg
31%

Vitamin C
22mg
27%

Vitamin B6
0.46mg
23%

Vitamin A
996IU
20%

Potassium
672mg
19%

Iron
3mg
17%

Zinc
2mg
17%

Vitamin E
2mg
15%

Copper
0.3mg
15%

Vitamin B5
1mg
12%

Calcium
108mg
11%

Manganese
0.21mg
11%

Folate
39µg
10%

Magnesium
32mg
8%

Vitamin D
0.88µg
6%

Fiber
1g
5%

Vitamin K
4µg
5%

covered percent of daily need
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