Our Family's Pork Belly and Konnyaku

Our Family's Pork Belly and Konnyaku

This works as a main dish, a beer appetizer, or in a bento. 2 blocks of konnyaku are gone in no time.

Ingredients: this makes 4 servings in our house

Thinly sliced pork belly
170 g
2 (2 pieces that are 250 g each)
The seasoning ingredients:
● Soy sauce (I use dashi soy sauce)
1/4 cup - 50 ml
● Mirin
1/4 cup - 50 ml
● Sugar
1 tablespoon
Green onions and sesame seeds
To taste


1. Cut the konnyaku into bite-sized pieces with a spoon, boil for a few minutes and drain well. Cut the pork belly into 2 to 3 cm pieces.
2. Heat up a frying pan and add the pork belly pieces. Stir-fry until crinkly. Add the konnyaku.
3. When the konnyaku is coated with the fat from the pork, add the seasoning ingredients. Put on a lid and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
4. Turn the heat up to high, take off the lid and stir-cook to evaporate most of the moisture and coat the pork and konnaku with the flavors. Transfer to serving plates, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a family favorite. Pork belly is rather high in calories, but combining it with konnyaku adds almost no calories. I think pork belly works far better in this dish than other cuts of pork.