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How to Make Salted Pork (Bacon)

How to Make Salted Pork (Bacon)

All you have to do is coat the pork in salt.
In Italy, it's panchetta, and in Okinawa, it's Su-chiki, a preserved food made by "drawing out the poison from meat" on the island of longevity.

Ingredients: An easy-to-make amount

A block of pork belly block, or pork shoulder loin
500 g
Salt
2 teaspoons (Before eating, you blanch it to remove the salt. You can make a delicious soup with the broth.)
Rub in garlic, black pepper, or your choice of herbs to taste
to taste

Steps

1. Coat the entire block of pork in salt, then rub in garlic to taste. If you have rosemary, sprinkle on the surface. (I used half a block of pork.)
2. Wrap in paper towels, then in plastic wrap, or put it in a resealable bag. Put it in the refrigerator and wait 1 full day! You can eat it the next day.
3. Replace the paper towel every 1-2 days. It will keep for 10 days in the refrigerator. When it's preserved for a long time, it will naturally turn into bacon.
4. When serving, boil the salted pork in plenty of water for about 20 minutes to remove the excess salt (over low heat). Slice it up, cook it and enjoy the great taste!
5. To make a nice marinade: Combine 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 tablespoons ground sesame seeds, 2 teaspoons grated garlic, and 1 teaspoon grated ginger.
6. You can eat boiled pork plain, make Chinese-style buns, or sandwich it in pita bread.
7. Make a beef consommé soup from the broth after boiling it; It has plenty of flavor. Make ramen or cold memil guksu, top it with boiled pork, and serve.
8. To make oven baked pork: After blanching the pork in boiling water until the surface turns white, bake it in the oven for for 1 hour at 200 ℃.
9. Put vegetables in a heat-resistant dish together with the pork and bake it in the oven. The salt from the pork will transfer to the vegetables, so no need to season. A meat and vegetable dish in one shot.
10. Cook rice with the broth from boiling the pork, and you have an instant pilaf. The rice will absorb the flavor from the soup! Use the boiled salted pork to make a garlic sauté.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made some sam-gyetang-style (Korean chicken ginseng soup) salted pork soup and it made me want to make my own salted pork.