Melt in Your Mouth Pork in Kakuni-don (Simmered Pork Rice Bowl)

Melt in Your Mouth Pork in Kakuni-don (Simmered Pork Rice Bowl)

This is a sweet-n-spicy 'kakuni-don' with soft and tender pork belly.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Pork block
200-300 g
Red chili pepper
1 clove
about 1 knob
3 cups - 600 ml
1/2 cup (100 ml)
Soy sauce
4 tablespoons
Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
4 tablespoons
1 and 1/2 tablespoons
3 tablespoons


1. Pound the pork lightly with the back of a knife.
2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the pork on both sides until golden brown.
3. Transfer the pork into a saucepan with 3 cups of water (600 ml). Bring it to a boil over high heat. Add sake, garlic, ginger, and red chili pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer for 1 hour.
4. Add 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and cover with the lid again. Simmer for 20 minutes over low heat. Then add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 4 tablespoons of sugar. Simmer for another 20 minutes.
5. Remove the pork. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of katakuriko in 1/2 tablespoon of water. Pour into the sauce to thicken.
6. Put the cooked rice in a serving bowl and place the pork on top. Pour the thickened sauce over the top and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to eat meltingly soft kakuni-don!