Kakuni is a Japanese dish of pork belly simmered in a sweet soy sauce broth until tender and succulent. The name kakuni means “square simmered” in reference to the shape of the pork belly squares.

Kakuni

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: 9 hours and 30 minutes
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup sake or shaoxing cooking wine
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 lbs pork belly, cut into large, 1×4-inch pieces
  • 4 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 2 tbsp sliced scallion, for garnish
  • 2 tbsp pickled ginger, for garnish

Directions

1) Whisk together soy sauce, sake or cooking wine, mirin, and sugar in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves.

2) Divide the pork belly pieces, scallions, and ginger between two Suvie pans.

Pour the sauce over the pork and insert both pans into the top of Suvie. Fill reservoir, enter cook settings and set to Cook Now or Schedule.

My Cook > Slow Cook Settings

Low, 8 hours

Starch: 0 minutes

3) After the cook, remove both pans from Suvie and pour liquid into a bowl, leaving pork in the pan. 

4) Turn pork belly pieces fat side up. Return pans to Suvie and broil for 6-8 minutes until browned. Flip pork over and baste with some of the reserved braising liquid. Return pans to Suvie and broil for another 6-8 minutes until browned.

5) Serve the kakuni with sliced scallions and pickled ginger. If desired, transfer remaining braising liquid to a small saucepan and cook over high heat until reduced by half to serve as a dipping sauce. 

Nutrition

Nutritional Information per serving (8 servings per recipe): Calories 357, Total Fat 33g, Total Carbohydrates 8g, Total Sodium 262mg, Total Protein 6g

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