Easy But Tender Simmered Pork Belly Cubes

Easy But Tender Simmered Pork Belly Cubes

You don't need a pressure cooker to make tender simmered pork belly chunks! These are so soft that you can even cut them with chopsticks. The simmering time is about 2 hours!

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Pork belly (block)
400-450 g
Vegetable oil
as needed
as needed
The green part of a Japanese leek or green onion
★ Water
400 ml
★ Sake
3 tablespoons
★ Sugar
3 tablespoons
☆Soy sauce
60 ml
☆ Grated ginger
1 teaspoon
Boiled eggs (optional)
Green onions for garnish (optional)
To taste
Japanese mustard
To taste


1. Tenderize the pork belly on both sides with a rolling pin.
2. Press from the sides to return the pork to its original shape.
3. Cut into half lengthwise and into thirds crosswise. Dust the surface of the pork with katakuriko. The pork will stretch out a bit so push from the sides into cubes.
4. Heat some oil in a frying pan and brown the meat over medium-low heat.
5. Parboil the pork and leek or green onion in enough water to cover the ingredients. Bring the water to a boil, turn down the heat to low and simmer for an hour (reserve the cooking liquid for another purpose).
6. In a separate pan, put in the ★ ingredients and add the parboiled pork. Bring to a boil and add the ☆ ingredients.
7. Crumble up a piece of aluminium foil that's smaller than the diameter of the pan, and put it on top of the meat to act as an drop lid. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour, and it's done (If you're adding boiled eggs, put them into the pan during the last 20 minutes of cooking).
8. A soy sauce flavored ramen made with the parboiling liquid: see Recipe ID: 1722355.
9. Stir-Fried and Simmered Daikon and Chicken - Recipe ID: 1722375. This recipe uses the parboiling liquid plus the pork belly simmering sauce.
10. Maitake Mushroom Rice - Recipe ID: 1722073. This uses the pork belly simmering sauce.

Story Behind this Recipe

Simmered pork belly cubes can get tough if you cut corners, so I came up with this easy recipe. My husband loves this so I make it at least once a month.