I think the Okinawans got the slow food concept right on - this was one of my favorite dishes growing up...shoyu pork...eaten over rice, or on top of soba. The soy sauce-marinated, slow-cooked pork with just the right amount of sweet taste (imagine Okinawan brown sugar) is pretty close to perfect...

Diana71
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pork belly into a large pot, and cover with water about 1-inch above the pork. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Discard water and fill pot with fresh water about 1-inch above the pork. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the pork begins to soften, about 1 hour.

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  • Remove the pork from the water, and place on a cutting board. Allow pork to cool for a few minutes, then slice off the thick skin and discard. Cut the remaining pork meat into 1-inch wide slices. Set aside.

  • Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, mirin, ginger, and garlic in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the sliced pork belly, then bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and place a sheet of aluminum foil directly over the meat and sauce. Simmer uncovered until the pork is tender, 30 to 45 minutes, turning the pork several times to cook evenly.

Cook's Notes

It's best to use pork belly, but pork tenderloin or boneless pork short ribs are also great.

You can substitute 1/2 cup water for katsuo dashi. Katsuo dashi is a fish stock made from water and bonito flakes. In a small pot, boil 1-2 c of water and about 1/2 c bonito flakes for a few minutes. Pour into a bowl, straining the bonito flakes out of the liquid so you have only stock.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; 15.6 g total fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 2071 mg sodium. 27 g carbohydrates; 15.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2011
This was really good! My local Meijer did not have pork belly so I used a pork loin but I followed the recipe and cooking directions exactly. Also could not find the Bonito flakes so I used Oyster Sauce that I found in the asain section. (I read online that was a good substitute) The sauce was delicious!! Make sure to cut the meat into small pcs so that it can soak up as much sauce as possible. Served w/white rice and steamed broccoli sugar snaps and baby carrots. MMMMmmmmm! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/09/2011
I have a hatred for meat that is sweet tasting. I took one bite and gave it to my husband. He liked liked it but didn't think it was anything special. Read More
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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2011
This was really good! My local Meijer did not have pork belly so I used a pork loin but I followed the recipe and cooking directions exactly. Also could not find the Bonito flakes so I used Oyster Sauce that I found in the asain section. (I read online that was a good substitute) The sauce was delicious!! Make sure to cut the meat into small pcs so that it can soak up as much sauce as possible. Served w/white rice and steamed broccoli sugar snaps and baby carrots. MMMMmmmmm! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2011
This was really good! My local Meijer did not have pork belly so I used a pork loin but I followed the recipe and cooking directions exactly. Also could not find the Bonito flakes so I used Oyster Sauce that I found in the asain section. (I read online that was a good substitute) The sauce was delicious!! Make sure to cut the meat into small pcs so that it can soak up as much sauce as possible. Served w/white rice and steamed broccoli sugar snaps and baby carrots. MMMMmmmmm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2011
I live in Okinawa and this is spot on!! Not only does it taste great but I was really surprised at how easy it was! We sliced it thin and topped some soba soup with it.. excellent!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2011
very authentic japanese recipe. We used Kurobuta Pork belly the flavor is so intense and great..Leftover sauce is good for Yakisoba or any type of Asian stir fry... or just mix it with plain steamed rice.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2011
This recipe which I made exactly the way it is listed here is very good! It didn't get 5 stars because it is really really sweet! My husband didn't love it but myself and the teenage boys did. It's very simple and so tasty! I served it with brown rice and broccoli and every last bit was eaten up. I would highly recommend LOTS of water before & after this dish as it made all of us very thirsty. Thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2011
I used this for a sauce in a pork tenderloin and vegetable stir fry. I just made the sauce as directed and poured it over leftover cubed pork and white rice and added a package of frozen stir fry veggies in a wok. I always have leftover rice so I make alot of stir fry and this was a really good one. I bet the recipe is even better in its original form. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2012
I stuck extremely close to the recipe at hand and served this over White Rice Noodles Broccoli and Boneless Side Pork Meat. It was delicious. I saved the remaining sauce after our meal chilled it overnight and then marinated Pork Tenderloin in it for a day. I served it thickened over the oven-cooked Tenderloin Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a Garlic Veggie Medley I made and again delicious!!! My husband made me go back and find the recipe so we could make sure to use it many times more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2011
yum! my family inhaled this! it was a tad sweet for my taste but nobody else seemed to mind. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/08/2011
I have a hatred for meat that is sweet tasting. I took one bite and gave it to my husband. He liked liked it but didn't think it was anything special. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2012
Been to Okinawa and love the food! Arigato gozaimasu Diane for sharing! I hope to see more recipes from you and your family! Read More
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