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Japanese slow cooked Pork Belly

Prep Time:

25 Minutes

Cook Time:

150 Minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

Slow cooked pork belly dishes abound but I honestly have never found one to better this. Even better, cook this in a pressure cooker and it isn't even slow - you can have it read in under an hour! The taste is all about the sauce, of course - in this case, a combination of sake, soy sauce and mirin spiced with a little stem ginger that raises the taste of this dish above the rank and file - do you have any doubts/ Just try this recipe and see...


1 kg boneless pork belly

400g white radish

2 spring onions

2cm piece of ginger

700ml water

100ml soy sauce

100ml cooking sake

70ml mirin

5 tbsps sugar


cut the radish into 4 pieces and then halve each piece

top and tail the spring onion

cut the pork belly into 8 chunks

peel the ginger and halve

parboil the pork belly for 1 - 2 mins to remove any impurities

put the water, soy sauce, mirin and cooking sake in a pressure cooker or saucepan and bring to the boil

add the pork, radish and spring onions and simmer for 45 mins (pressure cooker) or 2 - 2.5 hours (saucepan)

rest for 15 mins (or overnight for a richer flavour)

serve with bowl of Japanese rice

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