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Fork-tender Pork Kakuni Simmered in 15 Minutes

Fork-tender Pork Kakuni Simmered in 15 Minutes

It's so soft and tender that your friends will wonder if there's anything else besides meat in it. A great dish to pack in bentos, since it's still soft after it's cooled.

Ingredients: 4-5 servings

Thinly sliced pork belly
350 g
Eggs
2
Katakuriko
4 to 5 tablespoons
☆Sake
1/4 cup
☆Soy sauce
1/4 cup
☆Sugar
1/4 cup
☆Mirin
2 tablespoons
☆Water
500 ml
☆Kombu (optional)
Roughly 10 cm
Honey
Roughly 2 tablespoons

Steps

1. Add all ☆ ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.
2. While the pot is heating, combine the eggs and pork in a bowl. Mix well.
3. Scoop 2 ladlefuls of sauce from the pot in Step 6, and transfer that into a different pot (or pan). Thicken with katakuriko dissolved in water.
4. Form the meat from Step 3 into bite-sized balls, and add them to the pot one by one. ※Make sure to add the meat when the sauce is boiling.
5. If you have potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, or peeled quail eggs, you can cook them together with the meat. This time, I added potatoes.
6. Use aluminum foil as a droplid and simmer on low heat for 12 to 13 minutes. Add honey towards the end, and continue simmering for another 2 minutes.
7. Add katakuriko dissolved in water to thicken the sauce. Once the sauce has thickened, it's ready to eat. Because there's so much sauce, here's what I usually do...
8. Scoop out 2 ladlefuls of sauce from the pot in Step 6, and transfer that into a different pot (or pan). Thicken with katakuriko dissolved in water.
9. Add the thick sauce from Step 7 into the the pot from Step 6 to mix with the meat. I use leftover sauce to cook the atsuage.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a recreation of a recipe that mixes eggs and katakuriko, which I either saw on TV or read in a magazine over a decade ago. I usually eye-ball the ingredients - my friend asked me about the measurements, so I noted them down for the first time. You could make mistakes using meat blocks, but you won't with this fork-tender dish. It's our family's simmered pork belly recipe.