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Pork and Kimchi Hot Pot

Pork and Kimchi Hot Pot

Let's warm up with a hot pot on a chilly day. There's enough flavoring on the meat, so you can even enjoy the rather lightly flavored soup.
No need for a hot pot soup base.

Ingredients: 3 to 4 Servings

Pork and kimchi stir-fry
Pork (thin-cut belly, sliced pieces, etc.)
300 to 350 g
●Sugar
1 teaspoon
●Soy sauce, sake
1 tablespoon each
Gochujang
1 to 2 teaspoons
Garlic, ginger (grated)
1 clove/piece
Onion
1
Kimchi
250 to 300 g
Other ingredients
Tofu
1 block
Chinese cabbage
300 to 400 g
Shimeji mushrooms
1 packet
Fresh shiitake mushrooms (if available)
3 to 4
Bean sprouts
1 bag
Garlic Chives (or green onions)
1/2 to 1 bunch
Pizza cheese
as needed
Soup
◎Hot water or water
5 cups (1 liter)
◎Chicken soup stock granules
1 tablespoon
◎Iriko (dried little fish) dashi (or bonito dashi)
1 teaspoon
◎Soy sauce
1 to 2 tablespoons
to taste
Korean chili pepper powder
as much as you like

Steps

1. Cut the pork into bite-size pieces, and season them by rubbing in the ● ingredients. Cut the onion lengthwise along the grain into about 1 cm thick slices.
2. Cut the cabbage into half, then chop into about 4 cm pieces. Slice the shiitake mushrooms diagonally into strips. Cut off the shimeji mushroom stems and shred.
3. In a frying pan, add about half a tablespoon of oil and minced garlic and ginger, and sauté well over medium to low heat. Once it starts to brown, add the gochujang paste and stir together.
4. Add the pork. Turn up the heat and once the coloring starts to change, add the onion slices and cook through. It's done once you add kimchi and stir them well together.
5. Transfer the stir-fried pork and kimchi from step 4 into a clay pot moistened with water. In the frying pan used for stir-frying, add the ◎ ingredients (without having washed the pan) and bring to a boil. Once the soup is ready, pour it into the clay pot.
6. Add other vegetables and tofu to the pot and heat. It's faster if you cover the pot.
7. Once the vegetables are cooked through, top with the chives to finish and bring to a quick boil. When it's ready, eat together with the hidden pork and kimchi stir-fry at the bottom.
8. You can also add some Korean chili pepper powder if you'd like.
9. It's yummy to add in Chinese style noodles, but toasted mochi (rice cake) can be added too.
10. Once you've consumed about half of the meal, it's also tasty to add some pizza cheese and eat it as it melts!
11. Note I think it depends on the quality (material) of the clay pot and how you adjust the heat, but there may be a case in which it burns a little.
12. I didn't want to stir-fry in a clay pot, so I used a frying pan. If you're using a pot other than a clay pot, it's easy to make if you place the other ingredients over the stir-fry from step 4 and pour soup over it.
13. Since the pork is flavored well and cooked through, it won't turn into wasted ground pieces but will stay delicious to be eaten.

Story Behind this Recipe

I thought about making a pork and kimchi stir-fry since I had some leftover kimchi, but decided instead to make it into a hot pot since it was a chilly day. I wrote this recipe down for my record since it turned out tasty.