Friday, December 16, 2011

buta no kakuni

kakuni The picture in the recipe book was luscious...the pork had a nice sear to it and the sauce was nicely caramelized.

I tried this the other night but didn't follow the directions properly, so these came out a bit too oily.

Buta no kakuni (simmered pork cubes) : serves 2 : adapted from "Orange Page's Aki ni oishii kondate"

300 grams pork belly, sliced to 1.5 centimeter pieces
1/2 clove of garlic
2 thin slices of ginger
1 chili pepper (whole)
1.5 cups water + 2 cups
1.5 tablespoons sake (rice wine)
1.5 tablespoons sugar
1.5 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)

In a non-stick pan, brown pork pieces
Add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil then drain (this is to lessen the fat)
In a pot, add the pork, garlic, ginger, chili, sake, sugar, shoyu and 1.5 cups water.
Bring to a boil then turn down heat to a simmer.
Simmer for 40-60 minutes or until liquid reduces to half.

NOTES: I didn't add the 2 cups of water, which is why mine turned out oily.
I would definitely make this one again, making sure to add the water.

It's Friday, we're supposed to have -2C (28F) weather this weekend....hope you have a great weekend!


Rowena... said...

Even if these turned out a tad oily, pork belly is just so good any way you cook it. Look at that fat!

jalna said...

My son would love this. He's into pork belly.

Kathy YL Chan said...

Perfect with a big bowl of rice I bet! ^_^ Stay warm this weekend Kat! Am heading back to Honolulu tomorrow...hope to overlap w/ you there next time :)

Japan Australia said...

Making me hungry Kat! I love a good piece of pork. We are having Roast Pork again this Christmas and I can't wait :)

Japan Australia

K and S said...

That was the part I liked Rowena, Satoshi didn't though :0

Hope you make it for him Jalna :)

Definitely with lots of rice Kathy, hope to meet up with you in the near future too!

Thanks J-A, roast pork sounds fab!

Take care everyone.

KirkK said...

It still looks good Kat.....but of course, I love pork.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, like I told Rowena, I liked the oily parts where Satoshi didn't :0

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

It still looks really good. Hope you stayed warm this weekend. ;-)

K and S said...

tried my best to Deb :)

Take care.